LUV+ was started by Nigel Harper and Father Francis Kachere in 2008 who wanted to take care of former leprosy patients for whom treatment came too late in a village called Utale in Malawi.
LUV+ stands for Leprosy at Utale Village (LUV) and the plus (+) was added because the care for leprosy patients was extended to countries outside Malawi including Zambia.
In Zambia the implementing partner is Zambia Tuberculosis and Leprosy Trust (ZATULET) with sites in Western, North Western and Luapula provinces. The project has two main purposes.
- To provide a source income for the leprosy patients so that they can uplift themselves and;
- Increase leprosy patient’s self confidence through participation in income generating activities.
Each leprosy community select a business they will run with the help of a project coordinator who organised and helps them learn how to properly run the selected business. Profits may be shared or reinvested into the business according to the decision of the members. After two years the business will be handed over to the community to run by themselves.