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General StoreSierra LeoneMeet 46-year-old Sallay from Magburaka, Makeni Northern area in Sierra Leone. She is married with three children. Sallay began her retail business in 2004 to create a means...Read their story >
General StoreTimor-LesteElisa is taking a loan of $800 to improve her business. She is married and she has two children. She is running a kiosk that helps her to generate income for her family. Sh...Read their story >
RetailGeorgiaEka is a 43-year-old married woman from the village of Jalaurta. She has a husband, a daughter and a son, who lives abroad. Eka and her husband are engaged in pig and milke...Read their story >
Home Products SalesKenyaJoannes is a 43-year-old man from Usenge. He is married to Susan and they have a two-year-old child. He sells general goods, especially kitchenware, a business he has do...Read their story >
RetailBoliviaMarcela sells utensils, caldrons, clay pots, all of good quality to present to her customers. She lives with her family in La Paz and needs this loan to buy pots, which ...Read their story >
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