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General StoreUgandaPaul is 51 years old and lives in the town of Tororo in the Mbale region of Uganda. He is married and has 5 children, 4 of them are currently in school. For the past 15 yea...Read their story >
Phone Use SalesIndonesiaCecep lives with his wife and their only child in Garut, the capital city of Garut regency located in West Java. Cecep runs a small shop that sells mobile phones, phone acc...Read their story >
Grocery StorePhilippinesRosemary is 29 years old and lives in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines, with her husband and three children. Rosemary realized there were ways to help raise inc...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesJovy is 43 years old and married, with five children. She works hard to provide for her family. She runs a general store in the Philippines and she has requested a PHP ...Read their story >
TransportationTajikistanHasan works hard to provide all the necessities of life to his wife and children. For the past seven years, and like many other residents of Tajikistan, he has been involv...Read their story >
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