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General StoreUgandaIvan, age 30, runs a retail shop to earn an income. He sells essential goods such as sugar, salt, and water. He has been working hard for the past four years to manage his ...Read their story >
AgricultureEl SalvadorAtilio is 59 years old. He had the opportunity to study until second grade. He's married and has seven children, of whom only two live at home. The older ones have made the...Read their story >
FarmingEl SalvadorEnrique is 29 years old and has a first grade education. He is married and his wife takes care of the household duties. They have a two-year-old son. Enrique’s dependent...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesUgandaFor three years, Josephat, a 38-year-old married father of six living in Kasese, Uganda, has been selling cassava flour to earn a living to look after his family. He also o...Read their story >
AgricultureEl SalvadorThe young man whose face has been pixelated because he is 19 year old and lives in a high-risk zone, works breeding livestock. He has been in this line of work for 2 years,...Read their story >
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