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General StoreUgandaJoseph is 48 years old and lives in the town of Kyenjojo, in the Fort Portal region of Uganda. He is married and has six children, four of them currently in school. For the...Read their story >
ManufacturingUnited StatesRarely will you meet someone as passionate about their business as Andrew is, and never will you find someone more passionate about whiteboards. He first got the idea from ...Read their story >
ServicesUnited StatesDan has been working as a plumber for more than 30 years. Starting in construction as a young man, he accepted an offer from a neighbor to take some plumbing “service calls...Read their story >
Auto RepairEl SalvadorGerman lives in his own home with his wife and their four children. He has a paint and body work business located in his home. Through it, he works and covers some househo...Read their story >
General StoreEl SalvadorJosé invested his previous loan in the store, which allowed him to sustain the store. He has better income and new, satisfied customers. A baby girl was born into his fam...Read their story >
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