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Sylvia Paragas is a young entrepreneur who lives in Mangaldan, Philippines. Sylvia's parents did not have enough money to send her to college, so after she completed high school, Sylvia started her own food vending business. Each day, she makes pork cracklings that she sells in large bags to retailers in her community and at the local marketplace.
Mary Jane Tercenio is a hardworking single mother who lives with her two children in San Andres, Philippines. For several years, Mary Jane has worked as a drink vendor to earn a living, spending most of her time making traditional Filipino drinks to sell. She makes sago gulaman, a sweet drink made with fruits, sugar and gelatin that she sells from her roadside stand.
Lorenda Caanawan is a hardworking entrepreneur who lives with her husband, Jamuol, and their two children in Bayanihan, Philippines. For the past several years, Lorenda has managed her own sari-sari store to help her husband support their family. She sells a wide variety of groceries at her store, including eggs, dried fish, canned goods, snacks and household products.
Patience Mensah is an enterprising entrepreneur who turned her passion for cooking into a thriving business in Koforidua, Ghana. For the past 18 years, Patience has worked as a food vendor to help her husband provide for their two young children. Each day, she prepares a wide variety of local dishes to sell to hungry customers from her roadside stand in her community.
Ayishetu Adramani and her husband work tirelessly to give their two children a better life in Koforidua, Ghana. For the past 10 years, Ayishetu has worked as a food vendor to earn a living, preparing rice and stew that she sells from a roadside stand. Her business has kept her children in school, but since most of her earnings went towards school fees, she struggled to sustain her business.
Idi Alhassan is a hardworking husband and father who lives with his wife and their four children in Koforidua, Ghana. For over 30 years, Idi has worked as a yam and cereal vendor to earn a living and provide for his family. Each day, he sells his supplies of yams, grains and dried goods to food vendors, retailers and customers in the busy commercial center in his community.
Vida Nyarko and her husband do all they can to give their two daughters and two sons a better life in Konongo, Ghana. For the past 10 years, Vida has worked as a baker to provide for her family, making a wide variety of fresh breads to sell to retailers in her community. Each week, she travels to Kumasi to purchase bags of flour, margarine and other ingredients at lower prices.
Ruhayima Tijani works hard to help her husband support their three daughters and one son in Konongo, Ghana. For the past 20 years, she has worked as a food vendor making homemade maize porridge to sell each day. She purchases her ingredients from local suppliers, then sells her porridge from a roadside stand in front of her home each morning.
Dina Esguerra is a hardworking wife and mother who lives with her husband and their three children in Cabanatuan City, Philippines. For several years, she has worked as a fish vendor to help provide for her family. Each day, she wakes up early to purchase fresh fish from local fishermen and suppliers, then returns to sell her fish from large tanks on the roadside, as well as fresh vegetables and groceries.
Ria Reyes is a hardworking wife and mother who lives with her husband, Arturo, and their three children in Mabilog, Philippines. For several years, Ria has managed a food vending business in her community, rising early in the morning to purchase her ingredients and to prepare her dishes. She makes a wide variety of traditional Filipino sweets like banana cue and sago gulaman.
Ludivina Jumangit is an enterprising entrepreneur who turned her passion for baking into a thriving business in Baclayon, Philippines. She started her own bakery over 15 years ago out of her home where she bakes a wide variety of traditional Filipino sweets. She sells her baked goods from her home, and also supplies them to retailers and businesses in her community.
Specioza Nakiwala does all she can to support her six children, but as a single mother in Uganda, it hasn't been easy. For many years, Specioza has managed her own food vending business where she roasts bananas and maize to earn a living. Each day, she purchases her raw materials and ingredients from local suppliers, then roasts her foods from a stand on the roadside.