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Personal Housing ExpensesMongoliaMrs. Oktyabri, 35 years old, lives with her two children in Darkhan, the second largest city in Mongolia. She has been working as a cook at a kindergarten since 2009. Recen...Read their story >
Grocery StoreEl SalvadorThanks to the previous loan, Ana has been able to increase her earnings. She wants to continue increasing, and stocking her store, because she says that she has a lot of de...Read their story >
Clothing SalesPakistanShugufta is a 60-year-old, married woman and the mother of three. She has been running a business trading clothes for the past four years. She always has a great collection...Read their story >
Animal SalesTajikistanMashhura is divorced and has a child. She has always wanted to provide her child with a good education, so she decided to start a new business in animal husbandry. With thi...Read their story >
Home AppliancesPeruVeronica is a woman eager to get ahead. She is 33 years old, single and lives with her family in Chincha. She has a son 5 years old who is her greatest motivation in life t...Read their story >
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