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BricksUgandaJohn is 50 years old. He has 6 children and he basically does brick-laying. He also sells charcoal. He began the business to supply construction materials. He will use ...Read their story >
Clothing SalesPhilippinesAs a married parent of two children, Novie works hard to support her family. She has a dry goods selling business in the Philippines, and also earns additional income fr...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesPhilippinesFilma is 68 years old and lives in Villalin, Panaon, Misamis Occidental. She is married with one child who is now an adult. Filma has earned income from a business buying ...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesBoliviaMaria lives and works in Colomi and is economically independent. She is hard-working and responsible and sells cooked broad beans to travelers visiting the interior part o...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesNicaraguaDemetrio is a determined man and a native of Puerto Cabezas. He is 58 years old, married, and has four children who are minors. For employment reasons, he has traveled to t...Read their story >
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