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Cosmetics SalesYemenThis group is called Al-Saada Al-Hodeidah and it consists of five women who are all hard-working. They live in Hodeidah, Yemen. They have taken a loan of 100,000 YER. ...Read their story >
Clothing SalesAzerbaijanXalida is a 57-year-old divorced woman. She is trying to raise her children without them feeling the absence of their father too much. In 2009, she started her own busi...Read their story >
FarmingEl SalvadorAndrés is 33 years old. He went to school through 4th grade. He is married and his partner does the domestic work. He has two children, of whom only one is in school, and t...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorOfelia, 65 years old, is a single mother. She lives with a son and her 3 grandchildren: a 17 year old girl and two boys, who are 14 and 11 years old. She is a hardworking w...Read their story >
TransportationPhilippinesEdwina is 44 years old, married, and a resident of Siquijor. Her husband is a tricycle driver. Starting with a capitalization of 2,000 PHP, she opened a sari-sari store ...Read their story >
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