El Colectivo 506 was co-founded by journalist Katherine Stanley Obando, photojournalist Mónica Quesada Cordero, and B&B owner Pippa Kelly. All entrepreneurs, all professionals in different fields, all friends and mothers, we have many things in common… but what brought us together to create El Colectivo 506 is our love for Costa Rica. The project grew out of many years of dreams and frustrations, years spent watching Costa Rica’s rural communities compete for limited space in the media and often fail to get their stories told. We all saw, in different ways, how the country’s inequality and urban-rural divide is threatening its social cohesion, its childrens’ future, and even its long-standing democracy. We had a vision for a site that would bring together longform, solutions journalism, and community-sourced travel and living content. Today, we’re proud to say we’re taking that vision a little further each day.