Last updated: 16/10/2019

Basic Information

Geographic area

Programme Details

Programme objectives

Improve the living conditions of the unemployed or underemployed population at risk of poverty and extreme poverty, through a temporary financial support for their participation in community projects, training processes, support to groups of people with ideas and projects


Programme components
i) Communal work and Productive ideas: Temporary economic support per month for unemployed or underemployed grouped into cooperatives, community organizations or non-profit associations involved in a project of community interest. The projects to be supported should come from the own community needs in terms of building infrastructure, productive projects and training processes. The project will consist of 10 people on average.. ii) Training support: Temporary economic support to people involved in a community project of occupational training, given by a formal training institution or accredited by the INA. People recruited by the National Intermediation Service are included. iii) Training "Empléate": It allows access to training programs and technical and technological training according with labour market demands. iv) Indigenous people: Temporary economic support to indigenous population in projects of community interest in infrastructure development. v) Monetary subsidy: The programme provides a temporary employment subsidy to people who as a result of a disaster, suffering the loss of their jobs or regular source of income, or under unemployed status.

Targeting and eligiblity

Target groups
People 15 years older living in poverty, extreme poverty, vulnerability, unemployed and underemployed. Also, the programme considered indigenous populations.
Eligibility criteria
i) Communal work and Productive ideas: People over 18 years, unemployed and underemployed, living in poverty and / or extreme poverty ii) Training support: People over 15 years iii) Training "Empléate": Youth between 17 and 24 years, who neither study nor work iv) Indigenous people: People over 18 years, from indigenous communities
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
Exit strategies or criteria: If it is found that a (a) beneficiary (a) has misrepresented his personal and professional information will be immediately excluded from the project and will report what happened to the relevant judicial authorities

Coverage and other information

Amount of benefits
i) Communal work and Productive ideas: 185.000 colones (The amount varies depending on the time of participation: 160 hours monthly, will receive total allowance; 120 hours per month will receive the 75% of the total and, 80 hours per month will be entitled to receive 50% of the total subsidy); ii) Training support: 185.000 colones; iii) Training "Empléate": 185.000 colones; iv) Indigenous people: 185.000 colones; v) Economic Subsidy: The programme provides a temporary employment subsidy to persons who, as a result of a disaster, suffer the loss of their job or the usual source of their income, or are unemployed.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
The monetary support/transfer for the community work, productive ideas and training will last three months, while in EMPLEATE will last for six months on average.