Loans Provide Opportunity for TB Patients in Peru

BY Talea Miller  March 31, 2010 at 3:26 PM EST

During Oscar Ccencho Huamani’s three-year battle with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, he was forced to quit his job because he was too weak to work. Like so many other recovered TB patients living in Peru, he needed an income desperately to buy food and stay healthy.

He applied for a micro-credit loan through Partners in Health Peru and was able to start his own business. As part of our series on Peru, we feature Oscar’s story in the video below. You can also read about Peru’s battle to reduce deaths from cervical cancer and watch the PBS NewsHour tonight for Ray Suarez’s report on maternal mortality in Peru.