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General StorePhilippinesEstelita is 44 years old and married with one child in school. For the past ten years she has worked hard operating a sari sari, or general store in the Philippines.
Farm SuppliesEl SalvadorEdmundo is 68 years old and completed up to third grade at school. He is married; his wife is a housewife. The couple's children no longer live at home and so Edmundo's wif...Read their story >
RickshawPakistanRiaz Bibi is 47 years old, a married woman and mother of nine children. Her husband is a driver by profession and provides transportation services using his auto rickshaw. ...Read their story >
AgricultureSenegalBaba is a farmer who lives in Saneinte. He is 57 years old, married and the father of 5 children. He started market gardening at a very young age, alongside his parents. Th...Read their story >
RetailNicaraguaGray Emilia is an adult woman who is married and has three young children. She is originally from one of the towns in Chinandega, which is located in the western part of t...Read their story >
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