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Poverty hits thousands of seniors in Costa Rica

Every year, poverty in Costa Rica reaches more seniors (adultos mayores), a situation that, paradoxically, condemns thousands to have a worse quality of life in what should be the stage of development of greater fullness of people: old age. Between 2010 and 2018, the percentage...

Change in Motel Tax Would Increase Help For The Poor In Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) One way to help Costa Rica's poor by the financially strapped government is by making changes in the way motels are taxed, giving the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social (IMAS), more than ¢700 million colones a year to work with. The additional income, almost...

World Bank: Costa Rica Shrunk Poverty By 28% Over Six Years

(QCOSTARICA) The percentage of Costa Ricans who live on US$4 or less (poverty as defined by the World Bank) fell from 17% in 2008 to 12.2% in 2013, representing a drop of 28% in six years, according to the latest report by the World...