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Clothing SalesEl SalvadorMarina is 61 years old and lives in her eldest son's house. Marina makes a living selling clothes and shoes at the market near to her home. She has many customers because o...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl SalvadorSilvia, who is 29 years old, lives with her husband and their four children in their own house. She has been selling undergarments for a number of years. She sells as a wal...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl SalvadorEdith is 36 years old. She lives in her own house with her husband and their two children who are 17 and 13 years old. They are studying. For many years she has had a cloth...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl SalvadorMercedes is 34 years old and lives in her own house with her husband and their three children aged 17, 15 and 12, who currently go to school. For 6 years Mercedes has been ...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl SalvadorRosa, 44 years old, is a single mom who lives in her own house with her two children. Her oldest son works and helps her with household expenses. She works selling clothes....Read their story >
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