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Spare PartsBoliviaElsa is 33 years old and is a single mother with 2 sons. She divides her life between working and looking after her children. The older of her sons already goes to primary ...Read their story >
AgricultureEl SalvadorJosé, 63, is a farmer. He studied until second grade since his parents didn't make it important due to education and, for this reason, he stopped studying. Now he is marrie...Read their story >
ServicesPeruEstanislao is 41 years old and lives with his wife and son in the district of Oyotun. It is a community known for agriculture, business and raising livestock. It is located...Read their story >
RetailEcuadorIn San Ignacio, which is located in Colon parish in the city of Portoviejo, the members of the September 3rd Communal Bank meet every 15 days. Portoviejo is a place known f...Read their story >
ClothingMaliThe six women who make up the Sérieux group all live in monogamous families. On average, they are 32 years old and have three children each. They all live in Médine, one of...Read their story >
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