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Farm SuppliesCambodiaFrom Prey Chhor District, Kampong Cham Province, Rey, 45, is an experienced and active farmer. At home, she is a lovely mother of three dependent children who are enrolling...Read their story >
RestaurantUnited StatesRosa (or Rosita like many who appreciate her call her) left her native country of Honduras in 1998 with the dream of making a better living. She started working in various ...Read their story >
AgricultureColombiaJuan's children are ages fifteen, fourteen, twelve, nine, four, and three. He and his wife started farming ten years ago and learned through practice and experience with he...Read their story >
Charcoal SalesTanzaniaAdelina, who is in her early 20s, is single. She has been selling charcoal for three years, now. She works from 8:00AM to 7:00PM daily and is able to make a fair monthly ...Read their story >
Fish SellingTimor-LesteJosefina lives in Suai and most of her daily income is from selling fish and sea weeds. Her husband is a fisherman. She is now requesting for a loan of $800.00. With the l...Read their story >
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