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General StoreKenyaMary is 50 years old. She is married and has four children. She operates a retail shop and has been in business 14 years. She will use the loan to buy more stock of ric...Read their story >
Food StallEl SalvadorMaria, who is 43 years old, lives in her own house with her three children, and makes a living selling food. For 17 years her business has been situated in her home and sh...Read their story >
AgriculturePhilippinesBenedicto has a corn farm in Pagadian City. This is his primary source of income for his family. Benedicto makes it a point to have good land preparation to have maximu...Read their story >
PoultryPhilippinesJulieta is 53 years old and has six children. She is married and has one child still in school. Julieta is in the agricultural business, raising ducks in the Philippines...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesAnabelle's primary source of income comes from her variety store. She has been doing this kind of business for 30 years. She also offers viand and has engaged herself in th...Read their story >
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