Canglón

Overview

Canglón is a small community located in the biodiverse region of Darien roughly four hours from Panama City. Global Brigades began working with community members in 2015 through local business consulting on Business Brigades and the establishment of the Community Bank. Community members have access to credit through the thriving Community Bank which will support continued investment in local businesses and home improvement projects. For members of the community, the main form of employment is agriculture on privately owned farms. Community members cultivate rice, yucca, ñame, and corn as well as raise livestock.

Corregimiento: Metetí
District: Pinogana

Homes : 183
Population : 725
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : Nearest is in Meteti (40 minutes)
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : Unknown
Education in the Community : Up to 6th grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 40 minutes

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

Canglón has a small health post though there is a doctor there only some of the time. The closest corresponding health care facility is in Metetí, about 40 minutes away, which costs about $2 by bus. For dental access, they have to travel to Metetí as well.

The most common illnesses seen within the community are diarrhea, fever, and the common cold. The community does have a health committee, though there are no individuals with medical training within the community.

30

Brigade Volunteers

122

Medical Patient Consultations

1

Adult Health Education Workshops

1

Children Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS:

GB Panama’s Medical Dental team started the Agentes Comunitarios en Salud or ACeS program in 2016. “Agentes” from 10 communities in East Panama and Darien were Panama’s first community health workers. Now in the planning phase, training of an ACeS worker in Canglón will start as soon as feasible.

Some of the future ACeS worker’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Promoting healthy practices and maintaining contact with GB staff about their progress
  • Performing First Aid in the case of an emergency
  • Managing the Patient Referral cases of the community
  • Promoting involvement with other GB programs such as Human Rights, Public Health and Microfinance workshops
  • Recording and monitoring members of their respective communities who:
    • Are pregnant
    • Have a chronic disease
    • Are children under five
      years old.

MEDICAL BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Missouri May 2016 30

*Starting in August 2017 Global Brigades Medical Program will be transitioning to a local partnership model and strengthening the Community Health Worker program (ACeS) so that communities like Canglón can receive health support and resources consistently without the arrival of brigade volunteers in mobile clinics.

Dental

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

DENTAL CARE ACCESS

In working closely with the medical program, the dental program provides fillings, extractions, and fluoride treatments as a standard part of medical brigades. Most community members do not have regular access to dental care due to the lack of dentist within a reasonable distance.

69

Dental Patient Consultations

45

Fluoride Treatments

300

Fillings Performed

2

Dental Education Workshops

DENTAL BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Missouri May 2016 30

*Starting in August 2017 Global Brigades Medical Program will be transitioning to a local partnership model and strengthening the Community Health Worker program (ACeS) so that communities like Canglón can receive health support and resources consistently without the arrival of brigade volunteers in mobile clinics.

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

CANGLÓN’S ECONOMIC CHALLENGE

Community members in Canglón lack access to financial resources within the community. The majority of community members do not have bank accounts and there is only limited informal forms of credit available.  For example, a person could obtain ‘credit’ at a local store by buying something now and paying later, simply adding it to their ‘tab,’ but there would be no formalized credit transaction.  Larger financial institutions do not approve loans to community members without a fixed income, making it difficult for local micro-enterprises to grow and thrive. Most community members cite the distance to the nearest bank as the main discouragement to having a personal savings account. Even if individuals wish to travel the distance, not all community members can become members of these financial institutions–cooperatives require monthly membership fees, savings accounts often require a fixed income, and the cost of travel provides an additional barrier.

72

Brigade Volunteers

64

Loans Administered

$6,823.28

Capital Investment

23

Saving Accounts Opened

CANGLÓN’S MICROFINANCE SOLUTION

Through Global Brigades Business and Microfinance initiatives, Canglón has established its first Community Bank in early 2015. With its opening, community members have access to credit and savings accounts for the first time. Through Microfinance and Business brigades Global Brigades can strengthen both the knowledge and trust in the Community Bank. This encourages the opening of more savings accounts, growth of seed capital for small businesses to invest in resources they need to expand, and access to loans which can spur economic growth and home improvement projects.

CANGLÓN’S BUSINESS SOLUTION

In addition to the Community Bank, Global Brigades supports established and start-up micro-enterprises. There are currently seven businesses that have received financial training and business recommendations. Agro-businesses are prominent forms of commerce within this community and adequate book-keeping and maintaining relationships with customers, as well as proper agriculture cultivation can lead to increased revenues for business owners and employees.

As members of the Community Bank these micro-enterprises, led almost entirely by women or families, contribute to savings accounts and budget for loans to expand their businesses in the future. Through the help of Business Brigades, clients get advice on their most concerning business challenges and can also receive assistance in developing sustainable agriculture practices.

 

BUSINESSES IN CANGLÓN

Business Name Client Name Type of Business

Pollos Perez

Virginia Perez

Chicken venture

Mi Tienda

Nereida Vasquez, Carolina Landecho

 Storefront

Ebenezer

Etilvia de Gaiza

Technology

Cria de Pollo Rosaura

Rosaura Rodriguez

Chicken venture

Jaime Pitty

Jaime Pitty

Chicken venture

Mini-Super La Vision

Ana Moreno and Bredio Valdez

 Small supermarket

Pollos Lina

Carolina Landecho

Chicken venture

BUSINESS BRIGADES IN CANGLÓN:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Miami of Ohio / Tulane University May 2015 13 LSE / Oxford University May 2015 15
University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne January 2016  20 Manchester University June 2016 7
University of Houston May 2016  17

Local Reference Points

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