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Kenyans Flock to Roadside Vendors Selling Cheap Secondhand Books, Spur Reading Boom 

Region: AfricaKenya

Topics: BusinessEducation

Roadside vendors selling cheap, secondhand books in Kenya's capital of Nairobi have spurred a new reading phenomenon among Kenyans. However, local publishers worry that their new books can't compete with the inexpensive deals.

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As Smartphone Market Grows in Kenya, Mobile Game Developers Highlight Local Context

Region: Kenya

Topics: BusinessEducation

Mobile game developers in Kenya are releasing games with a local flavor, in which scenarios are set in rural villages and stealing eggs from local farms is standard childhood activity. The developers hope to cash in on a growing smartphone market.

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Waste Becomes Wealth: A Kenya Business Turns Plastic Bags Into Handbags, Jewelry

Region: AfricaKenya

Topics: BusinessEnvironment

People in Nairobi collectively use about 2 million plastic bags in a month, and most of them are dumped haphazardly, clogging drainage systems and littering the streets. Plastic Fantastic Kenya collects the plastic bags and turns them into jewelry and handbags.

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Tricks of the Trade: Kenyan Smuggler Tells How She Helped Illegal Immigrants Get Into Europe

Region: AfricaKenya

Topics: BusinessHuman RightsPolitics

A smuggler who helped Kenyans move to and around Europe used various ploys, including sending them her own identity documents for their use. The smuggler also amassed receipts falsely in her clients' names so they could get temporary residency permits directly upon entering Spain.

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A Poor Kenyan Dreams — and Dreams Again — of Going to the Promised Land of Israel

Region: AfricaKenya

Topics: BusinessHuman RightsPolitics

Encouraged by memories of earning money in Israel during one five-year stint, during which he stayed illegally, Douglas Maina wants to return. But saving money to return is a challenge, and he’s not sure how he’d get into the country.

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Part Two: Jobless in the Promised Land, Kenyans Face Tough Choices in Economically Racked EU

Region: AfricaKenya

Topics: BusinessHuman RightsPolitics

Unemployed African migrants can continue a desperate struggle in Greece or Spain amid the financial crisis. Or they can return to their native land, ashamed to tell others, who believed they were living the “good life,” that they’ve failed to succeed.

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Part One: Kenyans Brave Dangerous Journeys in Hopes of Slipping into Europe

Region: AfricaKenya

Topics: BusinessHuman RightsPolitics

Some migrants work for years to save enough for a trip that requires them to risk their lives. Some are turned back at international borders, but many others slip unnoticed into Europe.

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Unable to Graze Cattle in Drought-Ravaged Regions of Kenya, Semi-Nomadic Herders Put Down Grass Roots

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Small-Scale Female Traders in Kenya Learn to Use Facebook to Grow Their Businesses

Region: AfricaKenya

Topics: Business

Small-business women in Kenya who lack finances to advertise in mainstream media are using Facebook to attract clients thanks to the assistance of local organizations.

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Traditional Spiritualists Turn to Advertising in Kenya to Attract Urban Clientele

Region: AfricaKenya

Topics: BusinessCulture

As Nairobi’s population expands, purveyors of traditional spiritual guidance and healing are turning to modern communication tools to reach their urban clientele.

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