Additional partners: Arizona Small Business Association; Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; Veracruz State Entrepreneur Association; Universidad Veracruzana Hospital School; various community colleges throughout rural Arizona; Salt River Maricopa Native American Community; Secretario de la Economía; Nacional Financiera; Xalapa Chamber of Commerce; Arizona AIDS Project.

The partners expanded outreach efforts on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and diabetes in the rural, low-income areas of Veracruz while also improving microenterprise competitiveness and environmental protection practices developing a small business center—Centro Universitario de Servicio a la Empresa (CUSEM)—at the Universidad Veracruzana (UV).

More than 6,000 Universidad Veracruzana students are using the HIV/AIDS manual developed under the collaboration, and several thousand more students and local residents are enrolled in a program to share the HIV/AIDS information with communities and families. In addition, the partnership trained 150 Universidad Veracruzana students disseminate public health information to 1,400 neighborhoods and communities.

In the small business initiative, Universidad Veracruzana faculty obtained certification as counselors. Over the course of the partnership, 55 entrepreneurs had enrolled as full-service clients; 13 businesses had sought corporate image consultations; 20 entrepreneurs completed a course on obtaining credit; and 30 students served in business internships. Universidad Veracruzana's Rector (President) met with Mexican government officials to seek support for a nationwide system of small business centers.

At a Glance


Latin America & the Caribbean


Sep 2000–Mar 2003

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