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Grocery StoreHondurasSantos is 41 years old and single. He has one son and lives in the city of Nueva Frontera, Santa Bárbara. For six years, he's had his own business, a grocery store wher...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesPeruSilveria is 66 years old and lives with her spouse in the sector of Santa Rosa Baja, Cayaltí district, province of Chiclayo in the Lambayeque region on the north coast of P...Read their story >
General StoreUgandaYasin is 34 years old and lives in the town of Masaka in the Masaka region of Uganda. He is married and has two children neither of whom are currently in school. For the pa...Read their story >
SewingTajikistanMavluda is involved in an ancient trade of her people. She sews kurpa and kurpacha (stitched, cotton-filled blankets), used in Tajiks' daily lives to this day. Mavluda cont...Read their story >
General StoreUgandaLawrance is 40 years old and lives in the town of Wakiso in the Kampala region of Uganda. He is married and has four children who are all currently in school. For the past ...Read their story >
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