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Metal ShopEl SalvadorCarlos is 58 years old, he lives in the house of a relative with his partner. Their children are now grown up and independent. He earns a living from metalwork, and also...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesPeruHector is a hardworking man. He is 40 years old, single, and lives with his family in San Juan de Lurigancho.
He has a taxi that he rents out in order to gene...Read their story >
Farm SuppliesEl SalvadorWith his previous loan, Antonio bought different styles of clothing which are satisfying the tastes of his customers. He also acquired agricultural inputs to cultivate corn...Read their story >
FarmingCambodiaYuom is 34 years old and a married mother of five children. She lives in the Moungkul Borey District of Banteay Meanchey Province. To overcome her family’s hardship she gro...Read their story >
TaxiNicaraguaArturo is 29 years old and married. With the goal of having his own source of income, he began working four years ago in the commercialization and distribution of shellfish...Read their story >
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