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General StorePhilippinesJovy is 43 years old and married, with five children. She works hard to provide for her family. She runs a general store in the Philippines and she has requested a PHP ...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesYemenThe Al- Hosam group consists of four women from Sana'a, Yemen. They have applied for a loan of 200,000 YER from AMB. Fatima, 37 years old, is the leader of the group. S...Read their story >
Beauty SalonUgandaRuth is 34 years old and lives in the town of Nyendo in the Masaka region of Uganda. She is married and has one child. For the past six years, Ruth has been working hard to...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesClarita has faithfully paid back her previous loan which she used for her business. She has been operating her own “sari-sari” (variety) store for 11 years and she earns we...Read their story >
General StoreCosta RicaMaría Eugenia María Eugenia is a 40 year old married lady living with her three children. One attends high school, another attends primary school, and the youngest is ...Read their story >
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