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AgriculturePhilippinesElsie is married and makes a good earning with every cropping on her farm in Aloran, in the Philippines. This is her means of supporting their family with her husband. Elsi...Read their story >
AgricultureNicaraguaEdin is a coffee producer who lives in a rural community in the north of Nicaragua. He lives with his wife and their two children on a farm of 7.1 hectares, of which 2.11 h...Read their story >
FarmingKyrgyzstanFotima is 45 years old, married and a mother of 4 children. She has a secondary education and, to provide the primary income for her family, is involved in animal husbandry...Read their story >
AgricultureGuatemalaDiego (the person second from the right in green t-shirt in the photograph) is a 55-year-old man. He is very thankful for the loan that he had the opportunity to get. Thank...Read their story >
FarmingKenyaNelson is a humble farmer who goes to work on his farm every morning. He is dedicated in full to his work. This man only thinks about going forward and delivering good prod...Read their story >
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