In Costa Rica the latest national census of families confirms that the unemployment rate in the Central American country is far higher among women than among men. Among families who live in conditions of poverty, 43.3 per cent are headed by women, 33 per cent of whom are in a vulnerable condition. To deal with this situation the programme Ideas Productivas is introducing various projects involving about 500 poor women to provide them with business training as entrepreneurs, fostering their training and skills. The programmes involve farming, the art of recycling used materials, beauty treatments, graphic design, dog-grooming and making costume jewellery, as well as store management.
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