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AgricultureColombiaJuan is a young 25 year old farmer who has been involved in field activities all his life. He was born into a farming family and thanks to that he has had his own tomato c...Read their story >
SewingIraqNeda is a 41-year-old, married Iraqi woman. With limited career options due to cultural restrictions and domestic constraints, Neda is one of the many Iraqi women who is wo...Read their story >
Cloth & Dressmaking SuppliesTogoMrs. Amévi, age 38, is a seamstress by trade. After completing her training, she opened her workshop at her home in 2009. There, she works to satisfy her clients' needs. In...Read their story >
Clothing SalesSierra LeoneIn the photo are members of the Ol-Tite group. They are small scale business-people based in Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. They are requesting a loan of 2,200,00...Read their story >
Cosmetics SalesDominican RepublicYolanda is the coordinator of this group, called Amor Y Amistad 6 ("Love and Friendship"). The area in which the borrowers live is a nascent tourist zone, surrounded by the...Read their story >
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