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Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorDouglas is 26 years old and has worked as a shoe maker for a long time. Douglas wishes to continue improving the conditions of his home, therefore he is requesting this loa...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesEmelia is 57 years old and married with one child in school. She works very hard to provide for them.
She runs a general store in the Philippines and requested a...Read their story >
RetailPhilippinesRena is married with 4 children. She is 49 years old and lives in Lawigan, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. Rena sells different clothes to earn a living and h...Read their story >
Personal Products SalesGuatemalaSeñora Gregoria Catarina is 29 years old, married, and the mother of two children, ages 9 and 4. She and her husband sell soap and cleaning products in markets and on the s...Read their story >
FarmingMaliThe 10 members of the Djebeleton 4 are married women averaging 36 years of age, with four children. They all live in traditional families in Tamaro, a village in the towns...Read their story >
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