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Auto RepairLebanonHamed is a 26-year-old single man who opened an auto repair business almost two years ago, specializing in maintaining car's wheels and oil to cover his needs and expenses....Read their story >
AgricultureKenyaMary is a married woman, with 3 children. She describes herself to be trustworthy. She operates a farm where she grows vegetables, maize and other crops and also keeps cows...Read their story >
General StoreEl SalvadorIris is a widow. She lives in her own house with her children. She has children who are already independent and her youngest (who is in 7th grade) is the only one who depe...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesGuatemalaRigoberto is a 26-year-old man. He is married and has a lovely family with two children between the ages of 2 and 6. This humble family lives in a community of Sololá. R...Read their story >
Personal PurchasesPalestineAhmad is 32-year-old married man. He lives with his wife and a little daughter. Ahmed works in the public sector, where he gets low-income, which is not enough for all the ...Read their story >
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