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Our History 

CHAVA is born out of The Lily Project, a women's health NGO based in Nicaragua.

Serving thousands of women and girls, listening to their stories about the difficulties they face in receiving quality care and answers to even basic questions about their bodies, health and sexuality, we came to understand that the high rates of cervical cancer and teenage pregnancy have a common cause: lack of access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education and services.

The rest of the region is no exception, where:

70% of students in Latin America receive no formal sex education. 

Cultural taboos

prevent girls from asking about their bodies and sexuality.

Lack of privacy

of personal information prevent women from seeking basic sexual health care.

CHAVA is a holistic solution, addressing both systemic and cultural needs. Today, the CHAVA team is testing the beta-version of its app in Mexico and Nicaragua and raising funds to launch throughout LATAM.

* When mentioning women and girls, we refer to any person who identifies as or has had experiences as a Latin American woman or girl.

Our
Future 

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Vision

A world where everyone is free to make informed decisions about their body, their health and their future.

Mission

CHAVA develops digital solutions that enable all young Latinas to become informed and confident advocates for their own sexuality, health, pleasure, education, and power to transform the state of sexual and reproductive health in Latin America.

Our
Values 

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The Team

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Anielka Medina

Founder

Nicaragua

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Tracy Brinkerhoff

Product Management

Mexico

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Erika Fajardo

Medical Advisor

Honduras/Mexico

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Cynthia Garcia

Education, Language
Mexico/USA

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Product

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Yarelis Rojas

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Yanoris Torrez

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Cloud Primero

Content Development

Nicaragua

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Content Development

Nicaragua

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Engineering

Pakistan

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Susan Cotton

Founder

USA

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Jonathan Butcher

Founder, PMP
Nicaragua/USA

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Maria Areñal

Business Development 
Nicaragua/Mexico

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Jackie Macias

CFO, Business Advisor
USA

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Organizational

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Giannina Raffo

Product Marketing

Venezuela/USA

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Maria Rendo

Brand & Marketing

Argentina/USA

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Kammi Schmeer

Research Advisor

USA

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