Cooperative will market wares at airport

The government is setting up a retail outlet at Juan Santamaría airport for some 42 small business operators who make mostly handicrafts.

Those involved have completed a training course. They are mainly female heads of households who are involved with the Insituto Mixto de Ayuda Social, the country’s main antipoverty agency.

The government orchestrated the creation in December of  Coopemipymes RL, a cooperative that will handle the airport business.  The Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social invested 50 million colons into the project, some $94,400.

The goal is to market authentic Costa Rican products to the air travelers who pass through the airport.

Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, the Instituto Nacional de Fomento Cooperativo and the Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social participated in the training and planning.

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