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Clothing SalesEl SalvadorEmelinda has worked selling clothing for young people (pants, shorts, shirts, and t-shirts) for the past 3 years. She completes her sales in a location in a busy commercial...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl SalvadorAna is 43 years old and lives in her own home with her family, her husband and two children. She works selling clothing, she has a lot of sales experience, her business is ...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl SalvadorClaudia is 37 years old and lives with her husband who works as a bricklayer and her children. She sells clothing itinerantly in the nearby villages. With what she makes fr...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl SalvadorNorma is 38 years old and studied up to Grade 9. At this time it was very difficult to continue due to the economic situation. She is married, her spouse is overseas. Both ...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl SalvadorGloria is 37 years old. She studied until the second year of a Bachelor's Degree. She is married and her significant other is employed. She has two kids, one of whom works ...Read their story >
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