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Food StallHondurasBlanca is 62 years old. She is single from widowhood. She has 2 children and lives in the town of Tela, Atlántida. For 14 years, she has had her own business where she sell...Read their story >
CattleUgandaJohn, a new client, is a cattle trader in Rwencence, an area of southwestern Uganda, where he has been for the last 12 years. He works hard in his business and works four d...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorVictoria is 54 years old. She is a single mother of two children who are now adults. She lives in her own house that with much effort she has humbly completed construction....Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesBoliviaSra. Gladys lives in the neighborhood of Jordán in the town of Entre Ríos. She has two dependent children.
Gladys sells fast food. Her business is set up nex...Read their story >
LivestockEl SalvadorCarlos, age 33, only went to school until the ninth grade. He is married. His wife devotes herself to the domestic chores, and they have two children. Carlos gets up a...Read their story >
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