Spotlight Costa Rica

lopez family bikesThe Lopez family lives in the rural settlement of Los Jazmines in the canton of Upala near the border of Nicaragua in Costa Rica. Mom, Dad and 8 year-old Kevin all received bikes through BfW in June of 2015.

There are many small villages scattered throughout the country of Costa Rica, many remote, and residents rely on public transportation, which can be expensive, in order to stay connected with the larger communities nearby. Even more Costa Ricans choose to walk which can be tiring and time consuming.

Bikes for the World has been working with local financial group FINCA Costa Rica since 2005 to help bring bikes to these small communities to help better their lives and improve their connections with larger markets where they sell their home-grown products.

 

In a recent blog series we take a look at several Costa Rican provinces to see how your bikes are impacting lives and how our work continues to help these communities thrive. (click on the provinces below to learn more about each unique region)

  • In the province of Limón, on the eastern coast of Costa Rica, we take you to Talamanca and introduce you to a very remote village called Coroma. There you will find a group of indigenous people called the Bribri who rely on bikes and boats to transport their crops to larger communities where they sell bananas and plantains.
  • On the western coast is the province of Guanacaste. This area is very popular among tourists who flock there to admire the beautiful coastlines and splash in the surf. Making a living in Guanacaste, however, is a challenge for many local Ticos. Bicycles help farmers transport their crops to market and also help workers commute to the many hotels and restaurants that cater to tourists visiting the area.
  • Alajuela is the largest province of Costa Rica. About 2/3 of the bikes we donate to Costa Rica end up in this area. FINCA Costa Rica operates 39 empresas in Alajuela and our shipments of bikes are often split between several community groups when they arrive. Your donated bikes are helping workers make a better living, students stay in school, and families save money and time on public transportation.

 

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