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FarmingArmeniaKarine is 48 years old and lives in Geghamavan village in the Gegharkunik region. She lives with her husband and son. Karine and her husband earn their family living th...Read their story >
FarmingNigeriaIsyaku is a Babban Gona maize farmer from Kunkumi Village. Isyaku joined Babban Gona to create a better life for his children. In the past, Isyaku suffered from poor yields...Read their story >
Butcher ShopKenyaKarisa is a married man with 10 children, all of whom attend school. He lives at his own house that has neither electricity nor piped water.
He has operated a b...Read their story >
PoultryKenyaGrace is 53 years old, married, and blessed with five children, one of whom is still in secondary school. She joined Hand in Hand Eastern Africa in 2014 to benefit from the...Read their story >
AgricultureEl SalvadorAdela is 39 years old and studied until 3rd grade. She is in a domestic partnership, and her partner immigrated to the United States a few years ago. Only two of her 3 ch...Read their story >
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