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Hugo received a loan from Mark to invest in a bulk purchase of leather and hardware for his business.
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Lehi received a loan from Mark to purchase two bags of peanuts, raw materials and food ingredients to stock up her kitchen and increase her income.
Techno-Hill received a loan from Mark to provide solar energy to 2,250 beneficiaries in rural Myanmar.
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Nilda received a loan from Mark to invest in new equipment and buy raw materials and natural dyes for traditional Peruvian weaving.
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