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The Foundation for Rural Housing Costa Rica - Canada was created in 1983. Its main objective is to support development in rural areas of Costa Rica, through programs based on financing housing construction, social infrastructure and others complementary works, in order to reduce migration to urban areas. Moreover, it aims to promote and execute programs and projects for economical and social development of the most needed families located in rural areas.
The Foundation Costa Rica - Canada was created in 1983. Its main goal is to develop economical and social conditions for rural population, reducing migration flow to urban centres. About 13,500 houses were financed during the period of 1983 and 1995. In 1988, the Foundation started to work through a National Finance System for housing. In 1989 the Foundation is authorized by the National Finance System to operate as one of the housing agencies.
Several problems and needs have been detected in rural areas. As a result, the Foundation elaborated an alternative plan including diversified programs related to productive projects, as well as the re-collection, transportation and disposal of final residues.
However, its main goal is to finance housing construction, which has a strong social and economical impact. The project uses local labour force for building houses, generating an additional income for most rural families. Access to houses built with good quality material, has a strong impact on life quality of poor rural families.
Nowadays, the Foundation works with approximately 188 rural organizations distributed in the following way: 47% cooperatives; 28% development associations; 8% agricultural centres; 5% regional unions; 4% mutual associations, and 8% other types of rural organizations.
The program on Rural Housing managed by the Foundation Costa Rica - Canada works in
accordance with the politics and strategies determined by the Housing Sector. Annual goals
and programming of needed resources are determined according to strategies established by
Fundacion Costa Rica - Canada
Fundacion para la Vivienda Rural Costa Rica - Canada
Organizaciones Rurales (Rural Organizations)
Banco Hipotecario de la Vivienda (BANHVI)
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