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Socios en Salud Perú (Partners in Health)
Approved to post Kiva loans from: Peru
Partners in Health, Peru, is an organization that treats disease and trains community members to provide education and care for their neighbors. Partners in Health, Peru, operates a program that provides quality healthcare options to low-income communities. The program includes not only medical attention, but also psychological support and economic sustainability.
Partners in Health, Peru, operates 16 "botiquines" (medical stations) in shantytowns throughout Lima to serve patients with no other access to health care. These medical stations are overseen by women trained as health promoters who manage supplies and coordinate medical care.
As a partner of the Peruvian Ministry of Health, Partners in Health, Peru, impacts national policies for the prevention and treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and HIV. The organization provides important training and support to help implement the policies nationwide.
A unique lending approach:
Partners in Health, Peru, targets residents of Lima and Callao, Peru who are living in poverty and suffer from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis or HIV, as well as families with children at risk of developmental delays due to poverty. The organization uses Kiva funding to offer interest-free loans to help entrepreneurs in treatment start or sustain a micro-enterprise. Partners in Health, Peru, also provides food baskets, lodging, and psychological services to clients in treatment.