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Zambian Girls Take a Leap to Get to School

Region: Zambia

Topics: Moments

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Zambian Boy Carries Vegetables for Sale

Region: Zambia

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Minimum Wage Hike Backfires for Domestic Workers in Zambia

Region: Zambia

Topics: EconomyJobsMoney

The Zambian government passed a law in 2018 that dramatically increased the minimum wage. But the move, intended to help workers, has left maids scrambling to find jobs.

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There’s More Money for Clean Water in Zambia, but Little Has Changed

Region: Zambia

Topics: Water

The Zambian government sets aside increasingly larger amounts of money for water access and sanitation each year, but less than half of that money winds up being spent in that sector. Meanwhile, cholera, an illness often caused by dirty water, remains a daunting problem.

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Zambian Hat-Maker Models His Own Wares

Region: Zambia

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Intersex, Transgender People in Zambia Self-Administer Hormones to Avoid Discrimination and Arrest

Region: Zambia

Topics: AccessHealth

It’s a crime in Zambia to be gay, so intersex people who are sometimes assumed to be gay say they face discrimination and potential arrest. Some of those people, as well as some transgender Zambians, say they administer their own hormone treatments without a doctor’s supervision.

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Zambian Football Fans Root for Their Team

Region: Zambia

Topics: Moments

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Zambians, Wary of Taxpayer ID Rule, Opt for Mobile Money Rather Than Banks

Region: Zambia

Topics: EconomyMoney

Zambia’s government and its banks insist the country’s new taxpayer identification numbers aren’t used to collect additional taxes. But the public’s suspicions about this ID requirement have driven many locals to favor digital transactions, now a booming business.

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In Zambia, Unnamed Roads Leave Residents of Unplanned Settlements Vulnerable to Crime

Region: Zambia

Topics: Human RightsInfrastructure

A new initiative in Zambia aims to connect the police with the public by providing direct phone lines to local police stations. But the phone numbers do little good when callers from unplanned settlements report crimes in progress – and police can’t find their homes.

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Women in Zambia Avoid Banks’ High Interest Rates Through Informal Lending Groups

Region: Zambia

Topics: BusinessEconomyMoney

Zambian banks demand substantial collateral and charge high interest rates for loans, so local women are increasingly turning to informal lending cooperatives, called village banking, for loans large and small. The groups operate on trust, but the high volume of money outside the formal banking sector comes with risks.

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