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Clothing SalesSierra LeoneThis is 42-year-old Umu. She is married and has three children who are 17, 15 and 9. In 1999, Umu established her clothes business. She never attended school. Therefore, sh...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesHondurasEugenia is an enterprising woman who devotes herself to her business of selling corn tortillas. She has been engaged in this business activity for 16 years. She sells the...Read their story >
Personal PurchasesYemenMohammed is a 26-year-old single man who only had an elementary education but is a very active and dynamic young man. He lives with his family in their own house in Sana'a ...Read their story >
FarmingNigeriaThomas remembers not being able pay school fees during a particularly bad harvest. This is before he became a Babban Gona Member. Now, as a Babban Gona member, Thomas like...Read their story >
Fruits & VegetablesColombiaSince he was very young, Elber always dreamed of having a very prosperous business with a means for distributing his merchandise. However, he was faced with the great real...Read their story >
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