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AgricultureColombiaJuan's children are ages fifteen, fourteen, twelve, nine, four, and three. He and his wife started farming ten years ago and learned through practice and experience with he...Read their story >
DairyKenyaAt 33 years old, Japhet is on a steady rise to being a very successful mixed-farmer. He defies all the traditional agricultural practices that other villagers are hopelessl...Read their story >
RetailPhilippinesMadeline is 43 years old and married. She has one child. She is a very hardworking entrepreneur. Madeline has a business selling glass and aluminum in the Philippines. ...Read their story >
Soft DrinksVietnamThao would like to take a further loan to buy more soft drinks to sell from her store. Her previous loan enabled her to increase her sales and earn a higher income to suppo...Read their story >
TransportationPeruBrayan is 20 years old, he is single and lives with his family in the district of Cayalti in the province of Chiclayo in the region of Lambayeqye on the northern coast of P...Read their story >
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