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FoodPhilippinesBartolisa is 51 years old and has a live-in partner. She is a very hard working entrepreneur. She has a dried fish vending business in the Philippines. Bartolisa has reque...Read their story >
JewelryArmeniaSamvel is married and has two children who attend school. He lives in Spitak town. Together with his wife (in the photo), Samvel sells clothing and jewelry to the local com...Read their story >
Fruits & VegetablesPeruThe borrower is 52 years old and married. She has four children as the fruit of her beautiful relationship. She continues with the business of selling corn products and ‘...Read their story >
AgricultureEl SalvadorJuan is married and lives with his wife and their children of various ages. He has decided to request a new loan to buy agricultural supplies (manure, fertilizer, etc.) an...Read their story >
TaxiArmeniaArtur lives in Vanadzor town with his mother, wife and two daughters. Over 10 years, Artur has worked as a taxi driver using his own car. He mainly drives to Yerevan-V...Read their story >
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