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Food StallNicaraguaThis group is made up of four women who organized themselves three years ago with the goal of accessing financing to buy merchandise for the little convenience stores that ...Read their story >
FarmingCambodiaOriginally from Thmor Koul district of Battambang province, Sokhom is 33 years old and a widow. She is a mother of two kids; one is in school and one is too young for schoo...Read their story >
VehicleLebanonKhaled is a single young man, born in 1992. He left school at the intermediate level to help in covering his family’s living expenses and needs for six other people. Althou...Read their story >
TaxiBoliviaRamiro is a single man with no children. He lives in El Alto with his parents in a brick and cement house. Ramiro earns a living in public transport. He is asking for a lo...Read their story >
AgricultureHondurasNorma has her primary education which she could not continue past Grade 5 as her parents couldn't continue to support her. In her youth they didn't think it was important t...Read their story >
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