Santa Cruz de León Cortés
Get to Know Santa Cruz de León Cortés
Santa Cruz de León Cortés or just Santa Cruz is located in La Zona de Los Santos, one of Costa Rica's prime coffee-growing regions. The village is home to 2,233 people, 99% of whom earn their living growing and picking coffee. However, coffee picking is a seasonal employment and average salaries sum to less than $3,000 annually.
One harvested hectare (2.47 acres) of coffee, yields a profit of only $1,040 per year. This results in wages less than $1 an hour in the fields, with over 8-hour workdays and an average yearly income of around $3,000 per family.
Facts about Education in the Zona
In the Zona de los Santos, the best high school of San Pablo de Leon Cortes, has only a 34% graduation rate. And only 7% of students go on to pursue a college education in 2010. The Santa Cruz high school has only about 60 students, extremely limited facilities and resources. In 2008, only 1 student from the graduating class went on to pursue a college education.