In an industry dominated by men, more women are emerging as leaders, earning top dollar and employing teams of miners. But even as their numbers grow, they say their claims are often challenged by men who want to mine the same areas.
In Kisangani’s central market, sellers and customers transact their business amid uncollected garbage and a crumbling infrastructure. A civic organization has now stepped in to collect the vendors’ fees in an effort to improve conditions and ease concerns of misuse of taxes at the trading hub.
In Kisangani’s central market, out-of-date food, cosmetics and other products abound. Government officials responsible for preventing the circulation of expired goods face an uphill battle because the cheaper prices of these no-good goods appeal to customers.