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Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorBianca, who is 54 years old, sells shaved ice snacks in various neighborhoods. With what she obtains from her work, she manages to pay the expenses that arise in her househ...Read their story >
RetailUkraineMykailo sells construction materials. This business has been operating for about nine years. He leases a place for his store in his village. For his work, Mykailo has his o...Read their story >
Motorcycle TransportKenyaKelvin, a married father of one, describes himself to be a risk taker. He has been operating a business transporting customers on his motorcycle for six years now. Located ...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorChristy, who is 49 years old, is a hard-working person who lives with her life companion and her 2-year-old son in a house that has been her own for a long time. She is an ...Read their story >
PubColombiaHerminda is full of enterprising spirit. She got married and is now determined to find a business that provides a decent income and enables her to be independent. One year ...Read their story >
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