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Food MarketTajikistanSaodat is a 37-year-old resident of the Pyandj district. She is an honest and responsible woman. Saodat is married, and her husband works in the Russian Federation. She has...Read their story >
Fruits & VegetablesPhilippinesTeresita, 55, is a married woman with ten children. She is a very hardworking entrepreneur. One of her children is still in school. Teresita has a vegetable vending busi...Read their story >
FarmingKenyaRuth, pictured above, has been a farmer for twenty years and is now proud to represent her group of thirteen farmers in Kakamega North District. She is forty-two years old,...Read their story >
Fruits & VegetablesIndiaThe Meera Self Help Group is in its first loan cycle, with 10 members. The group is made up of a club of friends and neighbors from a small village of Koraput district in O...Read their story >
FoodPeruMaribel is 40 years old, separated and has a son who is still in school. Maribel has made a living selling meals and fizzy drinks for around 15 years and, thanks to this wo...Read their story >
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