Cerro Pelado

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Business


Cerro Pelado is located in Panama and Global Brigades began working with community members in April 2021. Community members have access to credit through an established and thriving community bank which will support continued investment in local businesses and home improvement projects for families within the community. People in Cerro Pealdo are primarily dedicated to agriculture and the sale of artisanal crafts. Through Global Brigades, ongoing trainings are being held for community members.

Corregimiento: Comarca Ngabe-Bugle
District: Nurum

Homes : 150
Population : 350
Water System : No
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Post : Yes
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 100%
Education in the Community : Up to 11th grade
Distance from Lodging Facility (km) : 50


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete


The community of Cerro Pelado currently has a health post (puesto de salud) attended by a nurse. When there is only a nurse available and a community member needs to see a doctor or dentist, they must travel Los Ruices, the nearest town with a full health center where doctors and occasionally dentists are on staff.  The trip by bus can take 25 minutes, but visitors to the health center can expect long wait times given the limited staff and resources to meet the demand from all neighboring communities.


Brigade Volunteers


Medical Patient Consultations


Adult Health Education Workshops (Approx.)


Children Education Workshops (Approx.)


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete


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.


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete


Community members in Cerro Pelado lack access to financial resources within the community. The majority of community members do not have bank accounts and there are 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.


Brigade Volunteers


Loans Administered


Capital Investment


Saving Accounts Opened


The Global Brigades Business and Microfinance Team trained a new Community Bank in Cerro Pelado in January 2021. This will encourage the opening of savings accounts, growth of seed capital, and upon the completion of six months of executive board training, the Community Bank will begin giving out loans to bank members to spur economic growth and home improvement projects.

Local Reference Points

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