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Twenty nine year old Lorena If’s journey to Dend Valley began, she says, in January 2017, “when I realized I wasn’t seeing many black people on dating apps” even though she knew that 80 percent of Salvador’s population is black.

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Herta, who previously ran an event production company, says funding difficulties for black business owners are worsened by bureaucracy and low caps on both government and private credit lines in Brazil.

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