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PigsPhilippinesEufemia is 45 years old and has two children. Eufemia is married and has two children who are in school. Eufemia is in the agricultural business raising pigs in the Philip...Read their story >Funding via Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Inc. (NWTF)
Motorcycle TransportPhilippinesRoberto is 58 years old and has two children. He's separated from his wife and is the sole supporter of his children. To earn a living, he operates a motorcycle transport b...Read their story >Funding via Gata Daku Multi-purpose Cooperative (GDMPC)
PoultryEcuadorJuan is 34 years old and single. Thanks to his parents' hard work, he managed to finish primary school. Later, the lack of money brought him to work from a young age in ord...Read their story >Funding via Fundacion Alternativa
PoultryKenyaHalima is a married woman who has been blessed with three children who attend school. She lives at her own house that has electricity but no piped water. Her greatest month...Read their story >Funding via Yehu Microfinance Trust
LivestockTajikistanSafargul is 54 and a resident of the Pyandj district of Tajikistan. She is a wife and mother; her children are adults and independent. Her oldest son works as a taxi driv...Read their story >Funding via MLO Humo and Partners
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