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Personal Housing ExpensesNicaraguaAura is a 51 year old widow. She takes care of just one son who supports her with all the household costs. She works as a maid in a private home. Aura is applying for a...Read their story >
RetailBurundiOscar is a member of the Kanama group and he lives in Bujumbura. He is 35 and is married to Fabiola, a salesperson. They have six children aged from 9 months to 14 years ol...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesRea is a 30-year-old married woman from Concepcion, Iloilo. She has been running a small sari-sari or retail store business for more than two years now. Rea sells various g...Read their story >
Personal PurchasesArmeniaArman lives with his family in Vanadzor, a city in the Lori region. He is married and has a 4-year-old pretty daughter. Arman’s second child will be born very soon. Arman a...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorJaime is 23, lives in a house with his life partner and his 10 month-old daughter. He is a man that through effort and work has been able to support his family working as ...Read their story >
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