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Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorJuan is 43 years old and is single. He lives in his own house with his mother, siblings and nephew. For the last 20 years Juan has earned a living working as a bricklayer a...Read their story >
Motorcycle TransportPeruJosé Álvaro is 28 years old, and he lives with his wife and children in the district of Cayaltí. It is a community characterized by having large deposits of sand and grave...Read their story >
Fruits & VegetablesPhilippinesHermogina is a hardworking entrepreneur who has a buy and sell banana business in the Philippines. She is borrowing PHP 19,500 through NWTF to purchase more bananas to ...Read their story >
Soft DrinksEl SalvadorLorena is 41 years old and lives in her own house with her family. She has worked for several years selling drinks and coconut water outside her house. She has many custo...Read their story >
Food StallColombiaFredy is 38 years old and makes a living selling fried foods, sweets and fizzy drinks at a street stall across from one of Medellin's universities. He works with his sister...Read their story >
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