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Grocery StoreHondurasMaría Josefa is 70 years old. She is married and has 5 children who are adults and who work. She lives with her husband in a town in the municipality of Choloma, Cortes. ...Read their story >
Soft DrinksGhanaMabel, a businesswoman and a mother of two school-age kids, is in her 30s. She is married and supporting her family with the operation of drinking spot business, where she ...Read their story >
FarmingNigeriaHaruna is a maize farmer and member of Babban Gona. Haruna joined Babban Gona primarily to create a better future for his children: Hannatu, Phoelina, and Safiya. Haruna ...Read their story >
Personal Products SalesPhilippinesLilibeth is a married woman with three children. She is a very hard working entrepreneur. Lilibeth is 52 years old and has one child who is still in school. Lilibeth has...Read their story >
RetailUgandaAisha is 32 years old and lives in the town of Luwero in the Luwero region of Uganda. She is married and has 2 children who are both currently in school. For the past 3 yea...Read their story >
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