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Personal Housing ExpensesNicaraguaSr. Jose is 54 years old and lives in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. He is a security guard, a job he’s had for seven years. It’s poorly paid work so Jose does a lot of...Read their story >
Recycled MaterialsKenyaFor the last 11 years Lucas has been selling scrap metals and earns a monthly income of 20,000 Kenyan Shillings (KES).He is married to Dorcas and blessed with four school-g...Read their story >
FarmingUgandaRobert is a hardworking man living in Masindi, Uganda. He is married with five children aged between 7 and 17 years old. He also does farming, whereby he grows maize on a l...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorVirginia is 48 years old, married, and the mother of two children ages 14 and 8. The family lives in a home that Virginia and her husband own. Virginia is an industriou...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesPhilippinesJulita engages in a food vending business. She is a fifty-four-year-old married woman with four children. Two of her children are still attending school. Together with her ...Read their story >
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