Invasive lionfish destroy biodiversity and marine ecosystems throughout the Caribbean, which has resulted in declining income for Costa Rican fishers. Asociación de Pescadores Artesanales del Caribe Sur (APACS) advocates for responsible fishing to create a more sustainable coastal ecosystem for local fishers, their families and tourists. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to expand economic opportunity in Costa Rica. APACS’ activities bolster efforts to counteract environmental degradation and protect the natural resources that communities depend on.
|Project:||Location:||Years active:||IAF grant funding:||Counterpart commitment:||Direct beneficiaries:||Indirect beneficiaries:||Program areas:|
|Improving the Quality of Life of Fishers along the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica through Marine||Costa Rica||2014 – 2019||$135,000||$152,700||300 individuals||1,080 individuals||civic engagement
leadership and education
job skills and enterprise development
natural resource management
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Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Mujeres Unidas (CACMU) is offering migrants and local Ecuadorians low-cost health insurance, training in financial literacy and small business development, as well as access to credit and a small business network through which they can obtain business mentorship.