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Clothing SalesEl SalvadorMaria is 43 and lives in her own house with her two children, aged 14 and 20. She has been selling clothes for several years and her business is in the small square near he...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl SalvadorSusana, who is 36 years old, lives in her own house with her family. She has earned her living selling clothing for seven years. Her business is located in her place of res...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl SalvadorSara is 42 years old and the single mother of one son. She lives in a home of her own and has been selling clothing for 13 years on foot in the different markets near her ...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl SalvadorIrma lives in her own home with her husband and her children, who are currently in school. She has worked selling clothing for many years. She works as a mobile vendor, goi...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl SalvadorRosa will invest in her clothing sales business and vitamins. She did well with her previous loan and earned a good profit. Her business grew, she paid off her loan, and ...Read their story >
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