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Internet CafeColombiaIbeth lives in a neighborhood of the city of Barranquilla, where her business -- an internet cafe, spare parts for computers, and miscellaneous sales -- is located. The ide...Read their story >
BakeryLebanonIslam is a 47-year-old single lady, who has been baking special Saj bread (a very thin traditional Lebanese bread, which is baked on a concave oven top) since 2009. Her mot...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesDigna is 58 years old and married with eleven children. With three children still in school, Digna works very hard to provide for them. Digna runs a general store in the...Read their story >
FarmingIndiaSumitra is 29 years old, married and has two children. Her family lives in a village in the Koraput district of Odisha state and she and her husband earn a living through f...Read their story >
Fruits & VegetablesLebanonNaziha, a 60-year-old married mother of 8 children, has been selling fruits and vegetables for the past 34 years, helping her husband grow their livelihood. Naziha is a ...Read their story >
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