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FarmingKenyaNdinda is 56 years old. She is a widow, has five children and her business is farming. She has been in this business for 14 years. She earns a monthly income of twenty thou...Read their story >
Wedding ExpensesPhilippinesChona has been a coco farmer for quite some time. Aside from her monthly pension, she also buys coconuts for copra production (coconut meat dried and converted to cooking o...Read their story >
General StoreEl SalvadorLuis is 24 year old and grew up with his parents, who taught him the principles that have helped him to be a well-mannered and well-recognised person in his community. Luis...Read their story >
FarmingColombiaLuis is a rural man, 61 years old, hard-working and humble who, since childhood, learned to do all the work of the countryside, thanks to his parents' instruction. This ...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl SalvadorMaría is 38 years old and has no formal education. She has a partner, who lives in the US. María lives with her three children.
Since her husband left five years...Read their story >
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