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SewingEl SalvadorDiomedes is 45 years old and resides in her own home along her husband, children, and grandchildren. For many years she has been making pillowcases and selling them as a s...Read their story >
TaxiUgandaDavid is 35 years old and a resident of Ntinda, a suburb of Wakiso. He is married with three children and all attend school. David has a taxi transport business which h...Read their story >
Used ClothingUgandaMariam is a widow with seven children, four attend school. She has had a door-to-door used clothing business for many years. She has applied for a loan of 1,000,000 U...Read their story >
CattleTajikistanGulnora is a 48-year-old resident of the Spitamen district. She and her husband are involved in agriculture. They have one adult son, who is 24 years old. He is currently w...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl SalvadorConcepcion is 27 years old. She is part of a family formed by her 31 year old husband and two children, ages 8 and 7. Her business is the purchase and sale of clothing for ...Read their story >
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