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Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorMaría is 44 years old and has a ninth-grade education. Her two sons are 15 and 12 years old, and their father left to work in the United States and send money back to suppo...Read their story >
Fish SellingPhilippinesMerlyn is a married woman with three children. She is 44 years old and two of her children are currently in school. She is a very hard working entrepreneur.
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Personal Housing ExpensesKyrgyzstanAtyrgul is 47 years old, married, and the mother of two children. She is a college graduate and works as a senior university professor. She receives a monthly salary of a...Read their story >
LivestockKyrgyzstanToktobubu is 54, married, and raised five children with her spouse. She has a secondary education and is retired. She has been planting crops and raising livestock for many...Read their story >
VehicleCambodiaDy, 43, resides in Kampong Cham Province of Cambodia. She has four single children. To make a living and support her family, she manages and operates a farming business in ...Read their story >
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