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Grocery StoreNicaraguaJuana Jacqueline is 32 years old, married, and has one young son. She is from one of the municipalities of Chinandega, located in the west of the country. She is known to b...Read their story >
ComputersEl SalvadorElvis is in a relationship and has no children. He has been employed as a computer maintenance technician for six years. Elvis also provides this service in his free time...Read their story >
AgricultureColombiaDavinson is a farmer who is extremely grateful to the land since it provides the supplies and basic materials for his work, those fresh and good quality fruits and vegetabl...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesEl SalvadorPriscilla lives with her 46-year-old husband and their children, who are 15 and 20. She sells tamales, cassava, and other corn-based dishes, and also grows staple grains. P...Read their story >
Fruits & VegetablesZimbabwePatrick is 40 years old and married. He has 5 children ages 14, 10, 7, 3 and 1 years old. Two of the children are attending school. Patrick has a business selling fruit...Read their story >
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