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Natural MedicinesIndiaChintamani is a 38-year-old woman. She is from the remote village of West Magurmari in Jalpaiguri district. She is married to Kamal. Both Chintamani and her husband studie...Read their story >
FarmingPhilippinesIn 2011, Lucena learned about Paglaum MPC and the financial assistance it gives. As a farmer in Mahayag, Zamboanga del Norte, she tried her luck and borrowed a loan to star...Read their story >
Grocery StoreNicaraguaElba Maria is an adult single woman with two children. She is from a municipality in Chinandega, in the west of the country. This region is characterized for being producti...Read their story >
Personal PurchasesEl Salvador58-year-old Catarina studied through the second grade due to a lack of economic resources and the lack of a school near her home. She is single and has 4 children, of which...Read their story >
Higher education costsVietnamVuong, born in 1965, is a Thai ethnic person. She lives with her husband and her two children, one son and one daughter in the Mai Son district, Son La province. Her childr...Read their story >
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