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General StoreCongo (Dem. Rep.)Tabazi is a retailer and treasurer of the business group 'Usikilivu', which works with the field partner, Hekima. She is 48 years old, married to a driver and mother to fo...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorAna is 40 years old and lives in her own house with her life companion and her two children aged 13 and 15 years old. She is an enterprising woman who since she was 15 has ...Read their story >
Motorcycle TransportKenyaBernard is 30 years old, married to Gladys, and he supports five family members. He has been in motorcycle transport services for the last five years.
He has app...Read their story >
RetailKenyaLawrence is 32 years old. He is married with one child. Lawrence has had a retail shop business for 20 years and it has been profitable. He has requested for a loan fro...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesTajikistanMatluba is 47 years old. She was born in the northern part of Tajikistan in a small village. She is a widow and has three children. She has 18 years experience of doing bus...Read their story >
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