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Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorMarcos, age 19, lives in the family house with his life partner, his seven month old son, his parents, and two siblings. Marcos has been working for a business that is clo...Read their story >
Soft DrinksBoliviaThe "Wallatas" Communal Bank is beginning its fifth cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Senkata Regional Hub. This group is made up of ten members and is run by a board of ...Read their story >
Animal SalesUgandaFred lives in Kyenjojo, Uganda. He is 35 and the father of three children. He is a hardworking man who earns a living by raising and selling cattle. He earns extra income f...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorRosario is 30 years old and lives in her own home with her partner and two children, who she supports to study as she wants them to succeed. She is a woman who, thanks to h...Read their story >
Fish SellingPhilippinesElizabeth is a dried fish vendor from the town of Carles, Iloilo. She is 65 years old, widowed and she has five grown-up children. Elizabeth has been in the dried fish sell...Read their story >
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