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RetailKenyaAlois has a retail shop in Emali town and has been running this business for ten years now. He is 30 years old, married and together with his spouse they have been blessed ...Read their story >
Fruits & VegetablesKenyaJanet is married and has three children. She owns a house that has neither electricity nor piped water. Her greatest monthly expense is school fees for her children. For...Read their story >
Clothing SalesPhilippinesHena is a 53-year-old married woman from Iloilo, Philippines. She earns a living through retail sales of ready to wear clothes. Hena has been in the business for more than ...Read their story >
ServicesMexicoThe “Familia Mina Vieja” communal bank is located in a community known for it's enormous leafy trees. Also as the majority of people are Protestants they don' t celebrate t...Read their story >
Home AppliancesPeruOmar is a single young man. He is 21 years old and works as an employee in a business in his native city, Parcona. He is a person who really wants to get ahead. Every morni...Read their story >
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