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Food MarketHondurasMirna is a very enterprising person. She lives with her husband and children in a community in the south of Honduras. Her business for the past 10 years has been a grocery ...Read their story >
FoodBeninGod is Great is a group of three people whose members live in the same house. The leader of the group, Thérèse (who has her hand raised in the photo), is 39 years old and m...Read their story >
PropertyEl SalvadorAbigail is a 43 year-old who did not have the opportunity to go to school because her parents didn’t have the resources to send her. Her husband is a security officer, and ...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesColombiaMaria was employed in a restaurant where she prepared distinct types of dinners, from breakfasts to fast food. She worked there for 5 years, then decided to build her own f...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesBoliviaJorge is married but has no children. He lives in a brick and cement house in La Paz that belongs to his father.
Jorge is a bricklayer and wants a loan so tha...Read their story >
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