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Food MarketTajikistanThe woman in the photo is Dilbar. She is 39, and lives with her husband and children in Vakhsh, one of the warmer regions of Tajikistan. She and her husband are raising t...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesPhilippinesRebecca is fifty-seven years old and married with eight children. She is a very hard working entrepreneur. Rebecca's house was destroyed by super typhoon Haiyan, which s...Read their story >
ClothingBurundiAncile belongs to the Tuzinduke group and lives in Bujumbura. She is 40 years old and married to Gaspard, a trader. They have six children together, ranging from three to 1...Read their story >
TaxiArmeniaHovik is 38 years old, and he lives in Kapan city of Syunik region. He has a higher education; he is a specialist in radio technology. He worked for many years at the Kapan...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesMaliThe SIGUIDIA group is part of the BENKOLA association of COULOU. It consists of married women who know one another as neighbors and through ties of kinship. They average 45...Read their story >
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