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Grocery StorePhilippinesJaneth is 35 years old, married and has two school-age children. Her husband is a carpenter, but his income is not enough to support their basic consumption. Janeth started...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesNicaraguaNolvia is continuing with her business selling clothing and shoes, but in order to have a bit more income to help her support their various household expenses and those of ...Read their story >
Clothing SalesGuatemalaThe "Little Bees of Santo Tomas" duo was formed by Ana Lucrecia. She is 39 years old, and she sells clothing for women, men, and boys and girls, as well as footwear in gene...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesUgandaRichard is a 28-year-old married man living in Kagadi with three children. He sells produce to generate income and also does farming for supplementary earnings. His greates...Read their story >
Motorcycle TransportEl SalvadorRosa is 32 years old and has a good reputation in the community. Rosa lives with her partner and four-year-old daughter. For 15 years, Rosa has worked at a shrimp-proces...Read their story >
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