"I've Survived Cervical Cancer"

In the latest issue of Global Health magazine, Joy Marini, Director of Corporate Contributions for Johnson & Johnson – a Pro Mujer partner since 2009 – blogs about how bundling microfinance with health services can save lives.

Business Loan Saves Woman from Cervical Cancer
September 20, 2011

“I’ve survived cervical cancer. I am here today because of the impact Pro Mujer has had in my life.”

Reading that quote, you might not realize Pro Mujer is actually a women’s development organization that uses microfinance as one of many tools to connect women with small loans to start businesses and gain greater financial independence. But Edelma Altamirano, a Nicaraguan woman who first came to the organization seeking seed money for her own small business, ended up with a new investment in something much more important – her health.

Edelma Altamirano, a Pro Mujer client from Nicaragua

How would a woman get a microloan and a health screening from the same organization?

To read the article in full and find out, please click here.