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Grocery StoreYemenAbdullah, 28 years old and the father of six children, lives with them in the capital city of Sana'a, Yemen. He belongs to a very humble family. Selling food, soft drinks, ...Read their story >
Food MarketTajikistanTojiniso was born in 1971. She is a widow and the mother of four children. She has gone through many difficult times. After her husband passed away, the family was left ...Read their story >
Charcoal SalesKenyaMrusi is a married woman who lives together with her husband and three children. She owns a house that has neither electricity nor piped water. Her greatest monthly expense...Read their story >
RestaurantColombiaBlanca is a very enterprising woman who searches for opportunities to get out of any difficulty and fight for her family. She is 51 years old and is the mother of three chi...Read their story >
DairyKenyaCharles, 21, is an ambitious smallholder farmer from the small village of Mokubo, which is south of the town Kisii in Kenya. Charles has been blessed with two children. He ...Read their story >
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