Santa Librada

Overview

Santa Librada is located within the Darién province, 25 kilometers past Metetí and 26 kilometers before Yaviza, the end of the Pan-American Highway. Santa Librada is home to about 800 people and is primarily a Latino community. 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 Santa Librada are primarily dedicated to agriculture and must travel roughly 45 minutes to reach the next main town of Metiti where larger businesses and health services are available.

Corregimiento: Yaviza
District: Pinogana

Homes : 275
Population : 900
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No, closest is in Canglón
Community Health Workers : No
Homes with Latrines : 25%
Education in the Community : Up to 9th grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 1.5 hours

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

Santa Librada is located within the Darién province, 25 kilometers past Metetí and 26 kilometers before Yaviza, the end of the Pan-American Highway.  The nearest health center is an under-staffed health post in Canglón, a neighboring community which also provides services to other neighboring communities.  The nearest functioning health center is about 45 minutes away in Metetí.  There, nurses and doctors are available in the morning, and medications are usually available.  It is costly and inconvenient to travel to the health center. The most common seen illnesses are muscular pain, parasites, and the common cold.

266

Brigade Volunteers

3078

Medical Patient Consultations

18

Adult Health Education Workshops (Approx.)

18

Children Education Workshops (Approx.)

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. Once a community member from Santa Librada is recruited, he or she will go through a series of trainings and then start visiting community members with health needs.

Some of the future ACeS’ primary responsibilities 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
Portland State University & Marianopolis College June 2012 41 Hillsborough Community College & Miami Dade College August 2013 29
Southwestern Oklahoma State Univeristy School of Pharmacy March 2014 19 Loyola University Chicago January 2015 26
CUNY Brooklyn College June 2015 26 East Carolina University January 2016 31
Southern Methodist University & Kings University of London August 2016 34 UNC Chapel Hill March 2017 23

*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 Santa Librada 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.

1034

Dental Patient Consultations

475

Fluoride Treatments

113

Fillings Performed

18

Dental Education Workshops

DENTAL BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
 Hillsborough Community College & Miami Dade College August 2013 29 Southwestern Oklahoma State University School of Pharmacy March 2014 19
Loyola University Chicago January 2015 26 CUNY Brooklyn College June 2015 26
East Carolina University January 2016 31 Southern Methodist University & Kings University of London August 2016 34
UNC Chapel Hill March 2017 23

*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 Santa Librada can receive health support and resources consistently without the arrival of brigade volunteers in mobile clinics.

 

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

SANTA LIBRADA’S ECONOMIC CHALLENGE

Community members in Santa Librada 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.

16

Brigade Volunteers

19

Loans Administered

$1,569.00

Capital Investment

15

Saving Accounts Opened

SANTA LIBRADA’S MICROFINANCE SOLUTION

The Global Brigades Business and Microfinance Team trained a new Community Bank in 2016.They also brought Microfinance and Business brigades in order to strengthen both the knowledge and trust in the Community Bank. 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.

SANTA LIBRADA’S BUSINESS SOLUTION

In addition to the CoBankty Bbank, Global Brigades supports established and start-up micro-enterprises. In Santa Librada, there are currently three 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 SANTA LIBRADA

Business Name Client Name Type of Business

Caja Rural De santa Librada

Ana Espinosa, Bartola,

Community Bank
Elvia Chicken Venture

Elvia Espinosa

 Chicken raising

Magbys Plantains

Magbys Espinosa

Agriculture

 

BUSINESS BRIGADES IN SANTA LIBRADA:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Louisiana State University May 2017 16

Local Reference Points

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