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Sugar Skulls: How Mexicans Are Preserving a Beloved Day of the Dead Tradition

Region: Mexico

Topics: BusinessCultureJobs

The town of Toluca, about an hour outside Mexico City, is well-known for its elaborate, sugar-spun skull confections, called alfeñique. Artisans make the sweets every year for the Day of the Dead festival. But the tradition may be in danger of dying out – so artisans are working to pass the technique on to the next generation.

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To Combat Skyrocketing Prices, Zimbabweans are Making and Selling Goods From Home

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessEconomy

Zimbabwe’s unstable economy has made it too expensive for people to buy even basic goods and services from supermarkets and other businesses. So local people have taken matters into their own hands.

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Zimbabweans Say ‘Farming Is No Longer a Business’ As Dry Spell Ravages Harvest

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AgricultureBusinessClimate

In Zimbabwe, where the economy is already in crisis, farmers are struggling as intense heat and lack of rainfall decimate their harvests.

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Boda Boda Drivers in Uganda Say They’d Rather Flee Accidents Than Get Insurance

Region: Uganda

Topics: BusinessHuman Rights

Boda bodas, or motorcycle taxis, are a common but dangerous form of transportation in Uganda, causing hundreds of accidents per month. Drivers are required to hold insurance, but many don’t. Instead, they flee the scene to avoid being blamed for accidents.

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Passport Application Backlog Grounds Many Zimbabweans, Endangering Livelihoods

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessHuman Migration

A backlog of passport applications and other identity documents has left many Zimbabweans who make their living from cross-border trade hanging in the balance.

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Nepal Region Braces for Change as Road Construction Brings Workers, Opportunity

Region: Nepal

Topics: BusinessHuman MigrationJobs

High in the Himalayas, workers descend on Nepal’s Mustang region to help build a road that will connect to China. The project will make transport between the two countries easier, and it’s already begun to change the face of the region.

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The Price of a Carpet: Can Ugandan-Made Goods Compete With Imports?

Region: Uganda

Topics: Business

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.

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In Uganda, Local Fashion Industry Gets a Government Boost

Region: Uganda

Topics: BusinessCulture

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.

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Coworkers Wishing a Happy Marriage To DRC Couple

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Motorcycles Made in China Are a Cheap, Fast Solution to Travel Through Rural DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Business

In a mountainous area where good roads are rare, cheap motorcycles from China are helping people get around — and make a living.

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