Partnership between IICA and Costa Rica’s Ministry of Labor will aim to generate better production conditions in vulnerable rural communities across the country.
San Jose, 14 May 2019 (IICA) – Women entrepreneurs from rural areas of San Jose, Costa Rica, will strengthen their production capabilities through a Course on Business Undertakings for Rural Women, developed by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the country’s Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MTSS), with support from the National Institute for Women (INAMU).
The objective of the initiative is to provide more and better opportunities for generating income to women entrepreneurs who own small businesses in rural communities. The course is the first product of the Training Program for the Generation of Employment in the Rural Sector, led by MTSS and IICA, which seeks to benefit 1,500 Costa Rican agricultural producers.
The course, which began on May 13, is divided into five modules: empowerment, rural entrepreneurship, e-commerce, office automation and food handling.
“Women play a key role in rural society; therefore, they must have access to tools that can enable them to become leaders and catalysts for progress in their communities,” stated Miguel Ángel Arvelo, IICA Representative in Costa Rica.
In addition to the course, MTSS will also provide the program beneficiaries with a subsidy to enable them to invest time and energy in receiving training without affecting their childcare responsibilities or other occupations.
“Women represent 60% of the beneficiaries of our employment generation strategy. We want to facilitate their incorporation into the workforce under decent and improved conditions, with more opportunities and options,” stated Steven Nuñez, Minister of Labor and Social Security of Costa Rica.
“The next step will involve analyzing the project’s results in order to successfully replicate it in other regions of the country with high poverty and unemployment levels, as of November,” remarked Patricia Mora, Costa Rica’s Minister of the Condition of Women.
The first 45 women entrepreneurs to take part in the program are participating in a variety of activities related to agroindustry, textiles, beauty, handicrafts, childcare services and event decoration.
Iveth Wright, a textile entrepreneur of African descent, considered that the course provides her with the tools to manage, promote and boost the quality of her products. Her primary goal, she explained, is to provide her son with better living conditions.
Miguel Arvelo, IICA Representative in Costa Rica.
Geovanny Díaz Jiménez, Press officer of Costa Rica’s Ministry of Labor and Social Security.