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Cosmetics SalesBoliviaThe communal bank Nuevo Oriente 1 comprises eight members, six women and two men, who all work in different businesses. Rosario is the bank president, the first name on the...Read their story >
Mobile PhonesPakistanSuriya is 59, and lives with her three children in the area of Lahore, Pakistan. Her son has been running a mobile shop for several years and earning sufficient income. Her...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesGhanaGeorgina is divorced and has two children. Despite leaving school after second grade, she is now an established businesswoman. As the sole breadwinner in the family, Georgi...Read their story >
Motorcycle TransportNicaraguaManuel, 41 years old from Nandaime, Carazo, is a single father of three children, who are now grown up. He works in transportation, in the business of moto-taxis, which he ...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesNicaraguaMaría Nicolasa, who lives in a marginal neighborhood in Managua, is very hardworking. She currently works selling cosmetics to her neighbors and friends. She also works a...Read their story >
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