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Personal Housing ExpensesMozambiqueMrs. Ruth is a trader and a married mother of 6, one of whom is still in school. She lives in a house she owns and also supports her mother-in-law and a stepson. With th...Read their story >
General StoreEl SalvadorFranklin is 39 years old and has a high school education. He is happily though informally married. His partner works managing a store which they have set up at home. They h...Read their story >
General StoreKenyaKenneth is 40 years old. He is married to Maureen, and together they have been blessed with one child. Kenneth runs a retail general store where he sells household products...Read their story >
Phone AccessoriesUgandaWaiswa is 32 years old and lives in the town of Mayuge in the Jinja region of Uganda. He is married and has three children with two of them currently in school. For the pas...Read their story >
RetailPhilippinesMaria is a 59 year old woman and a mother of three children from Leyte, Philippines. She is engaged in a sari-sari or retail business selling various goods and items to the...Read their story >
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