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Fruits & VegetablesLebanonMervat is a 44-year-old married mother with five children who sells fruit, vegetables, and chicken. She has been in this business for fifteen years to help her husband mee...Read their story >
FishingPhilippinesJulieta is a 50-year-old married woman and a mother of five children, from Iloilo, Philippines. She has been engaged in a fishing business for more than 20 years now. Fish...Read their story >
PigsColombiaCesar, a farmer with many dreams and aspirations in life, wants to help his family get ahead with the sweat from his brow. This is why he started his business of growin...Read their story >
Fish SellingPhilippinesLaylyn is a 36-year-old married woman and a mother of six children. She is from Iloilo, Philippines. The eldest child is 17, and the youngest is 6.
Laylyn has b...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesCharylyne is a 37-year-old, married woman and a mother of five children, from Montebello, Leyte. She runs a small sari-sari or retail store business, selling various goods ...Read their story >
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