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Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorJosé, 28, only studied up to the sixth grade. He could not study more due to his parents' financial situation. He makes a living in agriculture. He lives with his wife, who...Read their story >
Primary/secondary school costsIraqSirwan is a member of this group from Iraq. Sirwan is 40 years old, married and has three children. Sirwan is a government employee. Sirwan has a smart son in the fourth g...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorMelvi is 26 years old. He went to school up to the fifth grade. He is single and lives with his siblings and his mother. Melvi works in a roof tile and brick business. His ...Read their story >
FoodJordanSamar was born in 1966. She is married and has 6 sons and daughters. Her husband works in agriculture. Samar has been running her mini market for one year now, in order to ...Read their story >
AgricultureEl SalvadorJosé is 57 years old and studied through the second grade. He lives with his wife who works in the home. They have two children, one of whom still lives with them and is a...Read their story >
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