For thousands in the DRC city, lengthy outages are a fact of life. As activities, including work, grind to a halt, residents face economic hardship, and many blame the national electric company. Is a second dam the only solution?
The country’s cultural tradition dictates that families bury the deceased at their rural homes, where they can watch over living relatives. But increasing daily expenses have forced many families to bury loved ones in cities – and space is running out.
Women in rural areas can face 20-hour journeys on foot to give birth in a hospital. Nepal has ambitious plans to fight maternal mortality and bring facilities to underserved areas – but the reality looks much tougher.
Pit latrines play a critical role in improving public health throughout Uganda. But when people run out of money to finish building them, they leave gaping holes and life-threatening safety concerns — especially for children.
Kanyabayonga, an area of DRC known for killings and kidnappings, never needed restaurants because there were never any customers. But a new truck convoy system that ensures safer travel has Kanyabayonga residents turning profits.
Last year, a group of Kisangani residents stole a load of bank notes marked for destruction. As the old, tattered currency re-enters circulation, shoppers and vendors lose trust in their money – and the Central Bank of Congo.
Rates of deforestation in DRC have spiked, and many environmentalists attribute the rise to demand for charcoal. Now, some women forgo the popular fuel by making their own alternative, saving money – and the forest – in the process.
For decades, DRC’s national electric utility had no competition, and residents in the city of Goma faced unpredictable blackouts. But in the wake of a law that permits competition in the sector, electricity has become more reliable – for some.
When a breakdown in negotiations left the city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas without garbage collection for two weeks in 2019, trash piled up around town and the streets reeked. As the world grapples with waste collection, residents of this city devised a local solution – with sustainable effects to outlast the strike.