What if you were a mother lacking access to the healthcare needed to safely deliver your baby? A quarter of a million women die each year giving birth and, for each death, 20 more women are injured or disabled. More than 95% of women who die in childbirth are from developing countries, meaning where you are born determines your chance of surviving your pregnancy. Fortunately, 90% of these deaths can be averted with access to basic health services and emergency care. This inspired Casey Santiago, founder of Kangu, who pioneered the microfinance crowdfunding website, Kiva, after having wonderful children of her own.
Kangu is the first crowdfunding platform that connects mamas and maternal care enthusiasts around the world with the click of a finger. Kangu envisions a world where all pregnant women have access to the support they need during pregnancy and through childbirth by delivering in clean facilities with skilled professionals at their side. Through Kangu, thousands of people have funded safe births for nearly 1,500 pregnant moms and newborns. Every donation received makes a profound difference in a woman’s life and brings us all one step closer to creating a safer and more equitable world for us all.
Casey began her career at Deloitte and has advised non-profits, corporations and donor agencies including Doctors without Borders, Institute for OneWorld Health, Bristol Myers-Squibb, and USAID. Casey has worked in Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia. Casey Santiago shares, “The most rewarding part for me is reading the stories of our mamas and seeing the smile of a mom holding her baby in the birth updates. I see myself in so many of the mamas, even though we live very different day-to-day lives, and it makes me feel connected and the world feel smaller.”
Mama Glow is a proud partner of Kangu. Learn more about the women, mission and partners behind Kangu and to make an impact in donating towards safe and empowered birth around the world.