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CattleRwandaKankindi is 47 years old. She is married with 4 children aged between 6 and 14 years. They all go to school. She is a farmer and she has been in business for the past 4 yea...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesTajikistanGulnora is a generous woman. She was born in the northern part of Tajikistan in 1968. She is a widow and has three children. She lives in a small village in bad conditions....Read their story >
AgricultureKenyaDonald, featured in the above picture, is representing his farming group formed by 15 farmers in Butere District, Kenya. He is 36 years old and a married father of 5 childr...Read their story >
General StorePhilippinesLea is 42 years old and married. She works hard to provide for her family. Lea runs a general store in the Philippines. She has been running the general store for 2 yea...Read their story >
FarmingKenyaPeter, pictured above, has been a farmer for 20 years, and is now proud to represent his group of 12 farmers in Matete District. He is 42 years old, is married and has five...Read their story >
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