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BakeryTajikistanAly is married and has two children who are non-adults. He always wanted to provide them with good quality of life, and that’s why he decided to start a new bakery business...Read their story >
RetailHaitiSmith is the coordinator of his group Echo de Miniere 1, 2, 3 & 4. He is not married and he has 2 children. He lives in the northern region of Haiti where electricity is ra...Read their story >
CafeKenyaMwanakombo is a divorced woman with seven children, two of which are in school the rest of whom are adults. She owns a house that has electricity but not piped water. Her g...Read their story >
Food StallNicaraguaMaría Elena is of legal age and is a single mother with two children who are still economically dependent on her. She is from one of the municipalities of Chinandega, locat...Read their story >
BlacksmithLebanonAhmad is a 29-year-old Lebanese married man living with his wife and only child. Ahmad is the main income source for the family. He covers the expenses with the income that...Read their story >
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