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In Kisangani’s central market, out-of-date food, cosmetics and other products abound.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.
As Zimbabwe’s economy continues to decline, shoppers have faced tighter budgets and vanishing purchasing power — but Chinese-owned retailers have provided more choice. The government has passed legislation to limit imports, but, thanks to their low prices, the Chinese stores seem here to stay.
Corn is the foundation of many iconic Mexican foods, but in recent years Mexico has been growing less and importing more. A group of women in southern Mexico are supporting each other in growing corn and making corn-based foods, shielding the staple crop from the ups and downs of the global economy.
When it’s time to pass around the collection basket, congregants in some Zimbabwe churches can now donate with plastic instead of cash. It’s a way to cope with the country’s liquidity crisis, but some people find the new practice jarring.
Facing their country’s abiding job and cash shortage, some Zimbabwean youth have turned to farming indigenous crops in their backyards to make a living. In the country’s climate, raising the crops isn’t difficult – but convincing consumers to choose their product over more cost-effective processed food is a different story.
In a “scary” profession that is stigmatized by false local beliefs, Margret Nyakudya serves as both an ambulance driver and a mortician. She feels fortunate to hold a job that she loves in a nation where unemployment is widespread.
With shaky financial institutions closing and customers losing money, banking in the Democratic Republic of Congo is risky. The unreliable banking system is forcing people to seek out informal cooperatives or move their money across borders.
The Zambian GDP depends on foreign direct investment in mining, retail and other industries, which support the country’s growing middle class. But as the middle class turns to new and comfortable supermarkets for their grocery shopping, Zambia’s local food vendors feel left behind.