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FishingPhilippinesNimfa, 49, has six children. She personally sells the catch from her family's fishing boat in nearby municipalities. She has been a member in good standing since she j...Read their story >
ServicesColombiaManuel is a regular borrower with an excellent record; he always makes his repayments. Thanks to his loans, Manuel has expanded his business, allowing him to move from bein...Read their story >
FarmingGuatemalaAgriculture is an activity which is suitable only for those who love the earth like a mother, like an instigator of futures: good futures full of hope for the next generati...Read their story >
AgricultureColombiaEdilberto is a humble and hard-working farmer, with the drive and determination that set him apart from the men and women of the countryside. He is a man with an entrepr...Read their story >
RetailEl SalvadorRina is 53 years old and lives in her own home with her family. She is an admirable woman who does her best each day to provide better living conditions for her household....Read their story >
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