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DairyUgandaMishach is a 30-year-old married man with four children and two very old parents who depend on him. He deals in cattle fattening and milk trade as his major source of incom...Read their story >
VehiclePeruJairo is a hardworking man. He is 35 years old. He is single and lives in Camaná with his family. For many years he has worked as a security guard in a prestigious compa...Read their story >
ServicesZambiaMercy is 27 years old and operates four Zoona mobile money outlets in the city of Ndola, Zambia. This is Mercy’s third Kiva loan. She successfully repaid her first loan and...Read their story >
FoodPhilippinesArleen is 33 years old, married, and has three children who attend school. She is a very hard working entrepreneur. Arleen has a frozen foods vending business in the Phili...Read their story >
HardwareUgandaAbasi is a 29-year-old married man who lives in the town of Kyengere in the Kampala East region of Uganda. For the past eight years, he has been working hard to manage his ...Read their story >
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