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ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It takes more than villages to keep mothers safe

Eva del Carmen Gonzalez, 19, prepares to sleep on the floor with a pad and makeshift pillows at Jinotega's casa materna. The maternity-home network, which receives some funding from the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health, admitted 14,700 women during 2010. But even with assistance, most of the casas maternas run on a deficit and are trying to establish businesses like cafeterias to become self-sustaining.