OMINA Foundation took part in INATEX2019: Reinventing Sustainably

The National Learning Institute (INA) develops the training and education of professionals in all the production sectors of Costa Rica.  Through its 12 clusters, INA offers technical education in 300 careers, graduating annually more than 30,000 people.


The INA Textile Cluster is focused on training students throughout the complete value chain of the garment industry, with emphasis in two major areas: textile production and the mechanics of textile machines. 3,500 students across the country attend the 30 courses offered by the INA Textiles Cluster, most of them, women.


Since 2017, the Textile Cluster and OMINA Foundation have been working together, developing initiatives in sustainability, social innovation and entrepreneurship.

At the textile congress INATEX 2019: Reinventing Sustainably, OMINA Foundation’s CEO, Andrea Somma, moderated the panel discussion “Entrepreneurship, sustainability and innovation” with panelists: Camila Calvo (MILLA) and Susana Agüero (Mahonia Store), who shared with the audience their impressions as INA graduates, the challenges they have faced as entrepreneurs and their aspirations for the future.


INATEX 2019 focused on sustainability, innovation, entrepreneurship and new leaderships in the textile industry and the fashion sector. Students, academics and entrepreneurs were able to share experiences and knowledge with national and international experts such as Gema Gómez (OMINA SPEAKER 2018), Founder and Director of Slow Fashion Next, from Spain; Gaku Shimamura General Manager of JUKI AMERICA, Japan; Victoria Hernández, Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce of Costa Rica, among others.


Watch INATEX 2019 textile congress

Gloriana González, OMINA COO; Jorge Navarro, Textile Cluster Director; Andrea Somma, OMINA CEO
INA graduates fashion showcase
Susana Agüero, Mahonia Store; Andrea Somma, OMINA CEO; Camila Calvo, MILLA