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FarmingArmeniaShushanik, a teacher by profession, is involved in farming. She lives with her husband, 1-year-old daughter and parents-in-laws in Irind village of Aragatsotn region. S...Read their story >
Motorcycle TransportPhilippinesElwin, 33, is married and settled in Aurora, Zamboaga del Sur. He makes a living by operating a transportation business for over four years and he earns well to sustain the...Read their story >
Higher education costsPhilippinesVargas is a 24-year-old from Maria Aurora, Aurora. He is taking consumer electronics at St. John Bosco Faith Academy. He has eight siblings. The family’s only source of inc...Read their story >
Consumer GoodsPeruMaria is a mother who is devoted to her wonderful family. She works as an administrative assistant for a lumber company in her hometown of Calleria. Maria was studying fo...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesUgandaBenson is a 35-year-old male Ugandan, married to Lilian, with whom he has five children and two of them attend school. His main source of income is transport; he is a t...Read their story >
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