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RetailSierra LeoneThis is 29 year-old Adama. She is married and has six children. In 2008, Adama established her drinks and provisions business. She began her business because things we...Read their story >
LivestockPhilippinesCarmen is 59 years old and lives in Navalan, Pagadian. She is married with 7 children. To earn a living, Carmen has a business raising ducks. She earns about 10,000 PHP ...Read their story >
RetailKenyaJane is a thirty-three-year-old retail shop proprietor in Mombasa Kenya. She is a married mother of four and her husband provides additional income. She has been in this bu...Read their story >
AgricultureHondurasDoña Maria is a 56-year-old woman who is a single mother of three children, who support her with the different activities that she carries out in the fields. She did not co...Read their story >
Clothing SalesPakistanZafar is 40 years old man. He lives in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. With four children, her children are doing study. he has been running his own business of clothes selling for 1...Read their story >
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