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FarmingKenyaBeatrice is a member of this group in Chwele District. She is pictured here in a group of five One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of ...Read their story >
Party SuppliesBoliviaThe group “Generación 2013” began its second cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the "Centro Focal de Santiago II". It is comprised of eight members and is directed by the offi...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesFiladelfa is a married woman from Cortes, Bohol. She has four grown up children. She has been in the sari-sari (variety) store business for fifteen years. She sells soft dr...Read their story >
Electronics RepairEl SalvadorJoaquin is 47 years old and lives in his own house with his wife and his daughter. He has had a radio engineering business for several years. His business is located in his...Read their story >
Food MarketSierra LeonePictured in the photo are the members of the “Kamuyu Association” group. They are small scale businesswomen based in Magburaka, a town in northern Sierra Leone. Together, t...Read their story >
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