Ipeti Colono

Overview

Ipeti Colono is a community located along the scenic Pan-American highway near the town of Torti in the Panama Este province. Global Brigades began working with community members in Ipeti Colono in 2012 with the introduction of medical brigades. 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. Ipeti Colono is largely an agricultural community, where residents work on farms to produce crops such as corn and rice. These agricultural activities are the main source of income for 80% of residents. Within Ipeti Colono is a single primary school, where half of the community’s population attends, though there are only four teachers for the whole community. Ipeti Colono does not have its own health center, forcing residents to travel to Torti for medical or dental care. There are no lawyers within the community, though a volunteer judicial facilitator has some legal training, and provides guidance to community members on legal issues.

Corregimiento: Torti
District: Chepo

Homes : 79
Population : 281
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No, closest is in Tortí 20 minutes away
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 40%
Education in the Community : Up to 6th grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 1 hour

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

Ipeti Colono is a community located along the scenic Pan-American highway near the town of Torti in the Panama Este province.  The people of Ipeti Colono travel to Torti to use its health center; no health center exists within Ipeti Colono.  Although Torti’s health center is fairly close by, the health center is not always fully staffed and may not have the medications in its pharmacy to fully treat its patients.

179

Brigade Volunteers

1836

Medical Patient Consultations

18

Approx. Adult Health Education Workshops

18

Approx. 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 Ipeti Colono 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 Virginia / Vanderbilt University March 2012 41 California State University East Bay June 2013 31
University of Oregon June 2014 28 Spelman College March 2014 28
Southwestern Oklahoma State University School of Pharmacy May 2015 24 UC Irving June 2016 27

*Starting in August 2017 Global Brigades Medical Program will be focusing on a local partnership model and strengthening the Community Health Worker program so that communities like Ipeti Colono 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.

445

Dental Patient Consultations

178

Fluoride Treatments

3

Fillings Performed

18

Approx. Dental Education Workshops

DENTAL BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Oregon June 2014 28 Spelman College March 2014 28
Southwestern Oklahoma State University School of Pharmacy May 2015 24 UC Irving June 2016 27

Starting in August 2017 Global Brigades Medical Program will be focusing on a local partnership model and strengthening the Community Health Worker program so that communities like Ipeti Colono can receive health support and resources consistently without depending on brigade volunteers in mobile clinics.

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

IPETI COLONO’S ECONOMIC CHALLENGE

Community members in Ipeti Colono 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 in Torti, the nearest large community, do not approve loans to community members without a fixed income, making it difficult for local micro-enterprises to grow and thrive. 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.

22

Brigade Volunteers

10

Loans Administered

$1,126.53

Capital Investment

23

Saving Accounts Opened

IPETI COLONO’S MICROFINANCE SOLUTION

The Global Brigades Business and Microfinance Team trained a new Community Bank that was first capitalized at the end of 2016. Business brigades began in 2017 in order to strengthen both the knowledge and trust in the Community Bank among community members. This encouraged the opening of more savings accounts, growth of seed capital, and upon the completion of six months of executive board training, the Community Bank began giving out loans to bank members to spur economic growth and home improvement projects.

IPETI COLONO’S BUSINESS SOLUTION

In addition to the Community Bank, Global Brigades supports established and start-up micro-enterprises. In Ipeti Colono there are currently four 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 IPETI COLONO:

Business Name Client Name Type of Business

Refresquería Raices

Gloria Rodríguez

Beverage stand
Pollos y cebaderas de Sra. García

Nervis García

 Livestock
Cría de pollos

Aristides Batista

 Livestock
Moda tradicional y pollos

 

Biodelda Rodriguez

 Livestock, Clothing
Pollos de Ibarra

Delia Ibarra

 Livestock

Abarrotaria Raysa

Raysa Castillo

Store

Pollos de Victoria

Victoria Moran

Livestock

BUSINESS BRIGADES IN IPETI COLONO:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Southern California March 2017 22

Local Reference Points

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