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ServicesParaguayLuis is a very hard-working person. He has a snack bar. He also has rooms that he rents to live in. Luis is married, and his wife also works. They have a small, school ...Read their story >
Clothing SalesTajikistanMahbuba is 51 years old. She is widowed and has a daughter. Mahbuba has had her own business for more than 18 years. She sells women's clothes and shoes in a local mark...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesEl SalvadorAnna lives together with her husband and three children who are 26, 21 and 16 years old. From a very young age, she learned in her family how to make and sell pupusas, tor...Read their story >
Cloth & Dressmaking SuppliesPakistanHaleeman is a 48-year-old married woman. She has five children. She started a business selling cloth six years ago. She buys cloth of different fabrics in various colors...Read their story >
AgricultureEl SalvadorFrancisco is 39 years old. He is a father to four children and has sacrificed to give them the best. Francisco studied through the fifth grade. He is in a relationship, ...Read their story >
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