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VehicleEl SalvadorJose, 31, is a merchant. He is married and has two children. He studied through 9th grade; his wife is a homemaker. Jose has been buying and selling scrap metal for 10 yea...Read their story >
FarmingArmeniaArman, with his beloved wife and two nice children, lives in the frontier village Azatamut of the Tavush region. Since 2010, Arman has managed to work simultaneously in...Read their story >
LivestockMyanmar (Burma)This community is located Kywe Chan Su Village, Myanmar Ayeyarwaddy Delta region. In this community, 5 CBO (Community Based Organization) members oversee a group of 30 vill...Read their story >
Food StallEl SalvadorMaria is 60 years old, she lives in her own house with her family. She has made a living selling food for 5 years now. Her business is located in her house in a very bus...Read their story >
General StoreKenyaSamini is a married man. He describes himself to be sincere. He operates a transport business where he transports customers using his motorcycle. He also owns a retail shop...Read their story >
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