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Food MarketHondurasJosé, age 56, lives in a village in southern Honduras with his wife and daughter. In his home, he also runs a small corner store, where he sells all kinds of groceries and...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorWilber, 34 years old, lives with his two children, who are 6 and 12 years old. He is an enterprising man who has earned his living for the past 18 years selling tostadas m...Read their story >
Food StallTanzaniaBlue Group is a group of two businesswomen who are joined together for the sake of searching for financial support. Currently, the group is performing better and looks as i...Read their story >
FarmingKenyaHello, world! Meet George, 40 years of age and a very hardworking, honest and dedicated farmer who hails from Kerugoya, a rural town in Kenya. He is a family man, and he ha...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesColombiaHarold is 19 years old. In 2012, after having worked in a municipality in the Magdalena department processing dehydrated fruit, he decided to undertake his own business do...Read their story >
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