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Issue No:52
  • :September
  • :2016
  • :English



Gathering cooperation

Women mollusk gatherers of rural Costa Rica are leading the way in becoming self-reliant and organized

By Aracelly Jimenez (coopemoluscoschomes@gmail.com), President, CoopeMoluscos R.L., Vivienne Solís–Rivera (vsolis@coopesolidar.org), IvanniaAyales–Cruz (iayales@yahoo.com), and Paula M. Pérez-Briceño (pmperez@coopesolidar.org),Associates, CoopeMoluscos R.L., and Estefani Solórzano–Chaves (chaves.estef@gmail.com), Consultant, CoopeSoliDar R.L, with support from all members of CoopeMoluscos R.L.

Costa Rica has about 14,800 artisanal fishers who inhabit coastal areas of the country. Artisanal fisheries are among the most vulnerable sectors, with the highest levels of poverty for rural livelihood in the country.

Mollusk gathering from mangroves is an important source of livelihood fo