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Butcher ShopPakistanNasreen is a 55-year-old woman. She has two children; one of her sons (also shown in the photo) is running a butcher shop. He sells the meat of goats and hens to many of th...Read their story >
TailoringPakistanSakina is a 44-year-old married woman and a mother of four children. She is a hardworking and independent mother who is helping her family by providing tailoring services a...Read their story >
Food MarketKenyaBenendeta is a married woman with grown children. She owns a house that has electricity but not piped water. Her greatest monthly expense is food for the family. She has...Read their story >
Grocery StoreIndiaBhumisuta is a 29-year-old woman living with her three children in a village in Odisha, India. She has a small grocery shop at her house from which she earns 3,000 India Ru...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorJosé is 32 years old. He lives in his own house together with his life partner and their two children, aged 10 and 12. He is an enterprising man, who makes a living work...Read their story >
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