Help Peruvian TB Patients Start Microbusinesses

by GlobeMed at UChicago
Aug 26, 2013

ASPAT-Peru Conducts First-Round Interviews

Cristhian Speaks
Cristhian Speaks

Once again, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who donated to GlobeMed at the University of Chicago! Your generous donations played a major role in GlobeMed's successful attempt to raise 10,000 USD in support of ASPAT-Peru, both on and off GlobalGiving.  In the next few months, 15 recovering tuberculosis patients will have the opportunity to attend an entrepreneurship training seminar where they will learn how to implement their own microbusinesses, an opportunity which would have remained out of their reach without you.  Your belief in the worthiness of our cause has made a tangible impact in their lives.

GlobeMed at the University of Chicago reached the 10,000 USD mark at the end of June, after fundraising on the GlobalGiving site and hosting several large scale benefits on the University of Chicago campus.  Once ASPAT received the funds we wired them, they immediately began to implement the entrepreunership training program.  The majority of this update will focus on the steps that have been taken thus far, and the timeline for future completion of our project.

1.1 Briefings were held in eight different health clinics in the cities of Lima and Callao throughout July, reaching approximately 70 interested persons affected by tuberculosis (PATS).  At these briefings, the PATs were informed of the details of the microbusiness program, focusing on such details as the length of training time they'd need to be willing to dedicate and the selection criteria that they would have to meet if they hoped to benefit from our program.  Briefings were run by ASPAT, and attended by select members of GlobeMed at the University of Chicago. 

1.1 (a) The Selection Criteria:

  • Larger Family Size
  • Strong Support System
  • Current Low Income Level
  • History of Reliability as Measured by Compliance to their Treatment Regimens 

1.1 (b) Briefing Statistics

Health Clinics: Number of Patient Attendees

  1. Mi Peru: 24
  2. Angamos: 3
  3. Faucett: 5
  4. 200 Millas: 8
  5. Aeropuerto:9
  6. Fauccett:6
  7. Ramon Castilla:5
  8. Villa Sr. de los Milagros:7


1.2 After the initial briefings were completed, ASPAT began interviewing all of the PATs who met the selection criteria in early August, from which 15 people will be chosen to attend the seminars and receive the microbusiness training. This phase (briefings and interviews combined) is projected to cost about 2,000 USD, though we will only know exact costs once all of the interviews are finished.  Interviews were run by ASPAT and members of GlobeMed at the University of Chicago.

1.2 (a) Interview Statistics

Health Clinics: Number of Patients Interviewed

  1. Mi Peru: 4
  2. Angamos: 1
  3. Faucett: 1       
  4. Aeropuerto: 2
  5. Fauccett: 1
  6. Ramon Castilla: 2
  7. Villa Sr. de los Milagros: 2
  8. Santa Rosa: 5
  9. Peru Corea - Pachacutec: 1
  10. Ventanilla Baja: 1
  11. Marquez: 1


2.1 and 2.2 Once patients are selected, they will begin to be trained according to the CEFE methodology. Their families will be incorporated into their training, to further improve the patients' support systems.  This training will have two modules: one will focus on the development of personal entrepreneurial characteristics and skills, and the second module will be strictly for the development of business management.

 3.1 Members of ASPAT will assess the feasibility of implementing the patients' proposed microbusinesses.  Start-up loans will be provided to help with the implementation of feasible businesses.


 3.1 Members of ASPAT will continue to assess the feasibility of implementing the patients' proposed microbusinesses.  Start-up loans will be provided to help with the implementation of feasible businesses.

3.2  ASPAT will also support the business by providing advertising and technical support to program graduates.  They will provide advice to PATs and their families to help them improve their business models if necessary.

3.3 The businesses will be monitored by ASPAT for their efficacy and probable sustainability.    

This phase of the project is projected to require the remainder of our 8,000 USD for costs such as:

  • Seminar leaders / professors
  • Seminar logistics (food, rental space, lodging, etc.)
  • Advertising and promotion
  • Start-up funds

Before I wrap up this report, I'd like to share with you some photos we've received of ASPAT and the patients while interviews were being conducted.  In the words of one prospective micro-entrepreneur, this program is like:

"...a push they are giving us, that drives us to do something.  And they [ASPAT and GlobeMed] will give us the experience of not just trying something, but of doing it." - Cristhian, a tuberculosis patient in Ventanilla, Callao, Peru

Thanks to your help, we have been able to create a sense of empowerment in Cristhian, and hopefully in many more patients like him. As always, we want you to know that we value every contribution we receive, and that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices that you have made to be able to give your hard-earned money to our cause.  Your donations have helped us achieve our 10,000 USD goal and supported a program working to alleviate the extreme poverty that is so often the underlying cause of tuberculosis.  Please consider telling your family and friends about us - so that we can continue sustain our partnership with ASPAT and work to improve the lives of people like Cristhian!

ASPAT and GlobeMed at Briefings
ASPAT and GlobeMed at Briefings

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Location: Chicago, Illinois - USA
Website: http:/​/​​impact/​university-of-chicago/​
GlobeMed at UChicago
Project Leader:
Amanda Wiesler
Chicago, Illinois United States

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