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Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorWilfredo is 39 years old and lives in his own home with his wife and three young children. He is a very hardworking gentleman. Wilfredo is a small merchant who manages a ...Read their story >
Used ShoesPhilippinesFritz Andrew, 24, is single with one dependent child. His major business activity is selling used shoes. He started this business on a small scale and has been running for ...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesKosovoMuharrem wants to thank all of the lenders for the first loan, which helped him to repair his toilet. He is very grateful for this, as it was a long-standing problem that h...Read their story >
Fruits & VegetablesTanzaniaMohamed is a father of one child and a married man. He is known for being a hard worker and managing different activities. He is aged mid thirties and has had several busin...Read their story >
AgriculturePeruTeodora, 39, is married and has two children who live with her in a wood house. She started her agriculture business 15 years ago on land inherited from her parents. Sh...Read their story >
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