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RickshawPakistanRuqia is a 37-year-old married woman. She lives with her husband and two children in the area of Lahore, Pakistan. Ruqia's husband has been driving an auto rickshaw in Laho...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesPhilippinesLeonarda lives in Siquijor, Siquijor, Philippines with her husband and two children. Her husband has no permanent work. Unable to sustain the needs of the family with only ...Read their story >
Clothing SalesEl SalvadorElida is 62 years old and lives in a house she owns with her family. She makes a living by selling clothing for women, men and children; she sells in an itinerant fashion i...Read their story >
Personal Products SalesEl SalvadorHaydee is 47 years old and lives in her own house with her 23-year-old daughter who works and helps out with the household expenses. She makes a living selling all kinds o...Read their story >
Butcher ShopColombiaYolanda, a married woman and mother of three children, learned to sell creole hens and beef (in large quantities) from her husband 17 years ago (he learned from his father)...Read their story >
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