In Uganda, locally-made goods are twice as expensive as imported ones. The government wants to promote Ugandan manufacturing as part of a strategy to meet international standards – but local people are concerned that their quality doesn’t match their high price.
Uganda’s clothing industry has been dominated by secondhand garments for decades – until the government debuted an initiative to help boost local production. Now, the local fashion industry is experiencing a boom, and people don’t want to turn back.
Unable to handle housing and amenities requests, local authorities in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe have been outsourcing them to private land developers. But those companies often take payments and don’t finish the job – forcing people to pay twice for services they have no guarantee of getting.
Local people know Kampala’s Nasser Street as a one-stop shop for all kinds of printing services – including forged credentials. These documents are one way to access opportunities in Uganda, but are the risks that come with them worth it?
Furniture workers make up a large portion of Zimbabwe’s informal economy. But in this particular manufacturing complex, their livelihoods are in danger from constant fires that the authorities can’t address.
In Uganda’s capital city, rapid growth means high demand for housing and services, and some enterprising Ugandans have made careers for themselves as middlemen. But connecting buyers and sellers isn’t always a win-win.