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Clothing SalesKenyaJackline is a married woman. She has 6 children. She describes herself as humble and kind. She operates a retail business where she sells trousers, dresses, blouses etc. Sh...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesNenita is 50 years old and a widow with one child. Nenita works hard to provide for her family. She runs a general store in the Philippines and requested a PHP 50,000 lo...Read their story >
General StoreKenyaElsa is 38 years old. She is married, and together with her spouse they have been blessed with two children of 16 and 7 years respectively. Her spouse is employed, hence pr...Read their story >
CraftsEl SalvadorJorge, 39, lives with his life partner in his own house. He has earned a living making arts and crafts for five years. He makes a variety of household items, as the pho...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesSamoaSuega is a 35-year-old married woman with four children. She makes and sells ice cakes in her community to earn a living. She has two years of experience with this busi...Read their story >
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