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DairyKenyaJoice, who is 51 years old and married to Bichanga, supports a family of nine. She has been a dairy farmer for the last 20 years, earning an income of KES 10,000 per month....Read their story >
General StoreKenyaThe person raising her hand in the photo is Esther; twenty nine years old, married and a mother of three children. She joined Hand in Hand Eastern Africa in year 2013 to b...Read their story >
Higher education costsKenyaMy name is Jennifer, the first-born in a family of two children. I am currently studying CPA section 1 at Strathmore University on a scholarship from Strathmore University....Read their story >
General StorePakistanUlfat is a 49-year-old married lady who has run a small general store in her community for many years. She offers a variety of grocery items at a reasonable price and has r...Read their story >
ClothingColombiaLuz is a single 67 year old woman who makes a living travelling to different towns and selling her merchandise. Thanks to her earnings, Luz is able to pay her bills, sh...Read their story >
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