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RetailEl SalvadorTeresa is 49 years old and lives with her family in her own house. Teresa has a lot of time to dedicate herself to selling chicken, plants and phone credit which allows her...Read their story >
Clothing SalesPakistanFirdus is a 47-year-old active borrower of BRAC Pakistan. She is a mother of three sons, and her husband is a plumber by profession. He is solely responsible to fulfill the...Read their story >
AgriculturePeru57-year-old Tomás lives with his wife in the village of Las Palmillas, a rural area in the district of Cañaris. This is situated in the Ferreñafe province of Lambayeque reg...Read their story >
General StoreSierra LeoneMeet 41-year-old Adama from Waterloo, capital of the Western Area Rural District. She is married with 3 children. Five years ago, Adama established her retail business. She...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesNicaraguaAlba is originally from Ocotal. She is a single mother of four grown children, and she works as a laborer. Her short-term goal is to improve her family's living conditions....Read their story >
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