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FarmingKenyaAlfred is a 62-year-old youthful guka (old man) and smallholder farmer based in Kericho, which is a small agricultural center near the Rift valley area of Kenya. He owns a ...Read their story >
FarmingUgandaDonozio, who lives in Kasese, Uganda, used the previous loan to pay for farm inputs like manure for his banana plantation. He is grateful for the support because the situat...Read their story >
General StoreTimor-LesteFilomena is married and she has 4 children. She is requesting a loan of $800 from Tuba Rai Metin to improve her business because she is very interested in her business. She...Read their story >
RetailKenyaMwanakombo is a married mother of five, all of which attend school. She owns a house that does not have electricity or piped water. Her greatest monthly expenses are food a...Read their story >
FishingPhilippinesMelanie is sitting next to a basket with freshly-caught crabs. She is 36 years old, from the town of Carles in Iloilo. She is married with two young daughters who are six ...Read their story >
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