Help Peruvian TB Patients Start Microbusinesses



GlobeMed at UChicago plans to send recovering tuberculosis patients to business seminars, helping them alleviate their extreme poverty by training them to sustain microbusinesses.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Callao, Peru is a district of Lima facing extreme poverty. Its residents receive inadequate nutrition and live in overcrowded, under-ventilated conditions. This makes them highly susceptible to tuberculosis (TB) infection. While treatable, TB is stigmatized and treatment often comes with physical side effects. Few patients are able to work while on medicine, and they struggle to return to their jobs post-treatment. This socioeconomic impact is often the most debilitating aspect of the disease.

How will this project solve this problem?

GlobeMed at UChicago and ASPAT-Peru plan to provide TB patients in Callao with the training to start their own microbusinesses. We will select 15 patients from a group of 40 interviewees, based on criteria including family size, support system, and treatment adherence. Selected patients will be trained in business management and strategy. They will then receive seed funding to start up these microbusinesses. After start-up, ASPAT will continue to provide trainees with evaluation and support.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project will provide 15 recovering TB patients and their families with a sustainable opportunity to rise out of poverty, better their lifestyles, and improve their health.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $5,985

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $5,985 .  The original project funding goal was $10,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Amanda Wiesler

Chicago, Illinois United States

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