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Used ClothingSenegalMame Anta is 51 years old, married, and the mother of a family. For over ten years, she has been actively involved in selling used clothing. She started in this business ...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesEl SalvadorHeric has prospered in his business as a result of good investments with his previous loans. He continues to prepare and sell tamales, “atole” (a traditional beverage), an...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorVilma, 44 years old, is very hard working and responsible. She lives in her own home with her two children. She has earned a living through agriculture for many years and s...Read their story >
Food Production/SalesEl SalvadorMaira is married. Along with her husband, they are responsible for raising their two children and giving them what's necessary for subsistence. They all live together; they...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorDulía is 49 years old and lives with her life companion and her 14 year old son. She is a very tenacious woman who in her eagerness to provide a better quality of living fo...Read their story >
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