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COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 826 new cases Thursday; IMAS will help pay for funerals in poor families

(QCOSTARICA) Low-income families with a death due to COVID-19 will have access to aid from the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social (IMAS) to pay for funerals. The announcement was made this Thursday by Juan Luis Bermúdez, executive president of IMAS and minister of Human Development...

Family that survives with just ¢75,000 a month: ‘We buy the basics … we can hardly buy meat’

The Grijalba Sandí family is one of the thousands of households in Costa Rica facing unemployment and extreme poverty. In this home, they survive on ¢75,000 (US$135) monthly. They do so with money from the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social (IMAS) - the government agency...

Costa Rica launches plan for low income families to migrate to DTT

Costa Rica has launched a new plan to help low-income families migrate to digital terrestrial television (DTT). The Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social (IMAS) - Costa Rican Social Assistance Mixed Institute - the same people who bring us the duty free shops at the San...

Costa Rica Receives Donation of 60 Hybrid and Electric Vehicles From Japan

The Government of Japan made a donation of 60 hybrid and electric vehicles to the Government of Costa Rica, which allows continuing strengthening actions of 13 public institutions. The purpose of the donation is to promote the economic and social development of Costa Rica and...

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...

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