The NGO SIFAIS has developed two businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic to generate income for both Costa Ricans and Nicaraguans in the vulnerable community of La Carpio. The two businesses are called the SIFAIS Fab Lab and Entre Costuras.
The Fab Lab is the first small scale digital printing laboratory to be created in a vulnerable community in Latin America. During the global health pandemic their production has been focused on generating acrylic face shields that are all made and printed in the lab.
Entre Costuras is a sewing business that has been producing facemasks made out of cloth. These are made with a system of three layers and an internal layer that is not woven in order to comply with the health specifications.