The concept of cooperatives was the center of a celebration in chilly weather in Cartago Monday. There was a band and traditional dancers.
This year is the International year of Cooperatives, according to the U.N. General Assembly. The organization said that cooperatives contribute to socio-economic development. The activities Monday were at the Plaza de la Independencia in
Cartago, but there will be other events during the week throughout the country.
Today in San Carlos the Unión Nacional de Cooperativas del Norte has a similar event. Wednesday there will be a parade in Santa Cruz sponsored by Coopeguanacaste. Friday the celebration will be in Pérez Zeledón at the Liceo de Sinaí.
In the education system alone there are more than 200 cooperatives. Some manage small stores.