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Motorcycle TransportKenyaIsaac appreciates for the previous loan that helped him expand his business. Isaac operates a boda boda(motorcycle) transport business, where his potential customers are ...Read their story >
General StoreZimbabweEllen is a 26-year-old businesswoman who is married and has two children. Ellen lives in the Chikomba East District of Zimbabwe. She is a Camfed Learner Guide volunteer who...Read their story >
FishingPhilippinesNanet is 32 years old and married with three children. Two of her children are in school. She is a very hardworking entrepreneur. Nanet has a fishing business in the P...Read their story >
Beauty SalonUganda"Angel is 27 years old and lives in the town of Bombo in the Luwero region of Uganda. She is married and has 2 children with none of them currently in school. For the past ...Read their story >
AgricultureEl Salvador58-year old Sra. Rosa lives in her own house with her husband and son. She has earned her living growing corn and beans for several years and sells the produce in nearby ar...Read their story >
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