FUPROVI is an NGO operating a range of programmes in Costa Rica dealing with low-income housing, community development, income generation, sustainable development and institutional building. All initiatives focus on support for low-income households, with women-headed households as an important target group. Self-help is a very important part of FUPROVI’s approach, which has succeeded in changing attitudes to self-build in Costa Rica. The use of revolving funds (originally donor aid from Sweden) enables the money to be reinvested in new projects. Social development is being achieved alongside the provision of quality housing.


NGO, local government, donor agency