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General StorePhilippinesElvira is 36 years old and married with two children. With two children currently in school, Elvira works very hard to provide for them. Elvira runs a general store in t...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesMa. Nelia is 39 years old and married with one child in school. She works very hard to provide for them.
Ma. Nelia runs a general store in the Philippines and re...Read their story >
RickshawPakistanKiran is 30; she is mother to three children. She lives in Lahore, Pakistan. Her husband is a rickshaw driver by trade. For the past many days his rickshaw has not been wo...Read their story >
Souvenir SalesSamoaSofia is 25 years old and married with two children. She owns and operates a small flea market selling a variety of items. She has been doing this for three years. Sofia ne...Read their story >
Clothing SalesColombiaIn a stall in the park of the neighborhood where she lives, Zulma is found selling foods like empanadas and soft drinks and natural juices that she prepares with the tropic...Read their story >
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