Mónica Ortiz Uribe
The Chavez family of Ciudad Juárez started their own welding shop in their backyard thanks to a series of micro loans partially funded by U.S. tax dollars.
A little known infusion of American tax dollars has played a part in the fight against organized crime in two Mexican border cities: Ciudad Juárez and Tijuana. The money comes from the Merida Initiative, a multinational pact signed six years ago.
Fronteras reporter Mónica Ortiz Uribe explored a few examples of what that money has accomplished.