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Soft DrinksTanzaniaIrene, who is in her mid 30s, is married and has three children who are still going to school. She has been selling soft drinks at wholesale prices for two and half years n...Read their story >
FarmingCambodiaPhoeurn is 41 years old and a married mother blessed with three children. She struggles for a living via rice farming and pig raising. Her supplementary source of income is...Read their story >
Food MarketEl SalvadorExaltación is 44 years old. He doesn't have many years of education. He went to school through 6th grade. He is married. His wife helps him in his business when he is not w...Read their story >
RetailSenegalThe Takku Ligueye loan group is composes of 10 women belonging to a business improvement association. They work as vendors selling various products: shows, ready-to-wear cl...Read their story >
Phone Use SalesIndonesiaIyut runs a small stall where he sells groceries and mobile phone airtime credits. He lives in Sukabumi, a semi-urban area about 2.5 hours from Jakarta. Iyut is married and...Read their story >
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