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FarmingSamoaTasi is 53 years old and married with eight children. She has a small plantation where she grows taro that she can sell in her community or at the market. She has been ...Read their story >
FarmingMaliThe 10 members of the Hakilissiguiton 2 group are married women with an average age of 33 and, on average, 3 children. They all live in traditional families in Sincina-Sess...Read their story >
PoultryUgandaMilton is 34 years old and lives in the town of Kasubi in the Kampala region of Uganda. He is married and has two children, one of whom is currently in school. For the past...Read their story >
Home Products SalesMongoliaKhongorzul is 27 years old and lives with her husband and two daughters in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. She and her husband have been selling mattresses at th...Read their story >
Charcoal SalesKenyaKupha is married with seven children, two of whom attend school. She owns a house that has neither electricity nor piped water. She operates a charcoal business, sellin...Read their story >
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