In rural Guatemala, many people live hours away from medical providers or pharmacies. When someone needs medical attention, the choices are limited: do nothing, self-medicate with whatever you have available, or take a couple days off work and travel to a larger town to see a doctor — then hope that you can afford whatever medicine is prescribed.
To address this challenge, we worked closely with the Linked Foundation, which provided risk capital to help us get a micropharmacy franchise pilot started. Together we enabled 50 local entrepreneurs to start rural health stores, providing high-quality, low-cost medicines to 88,000 people.
Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps