Locals in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, have long earned a living cultivating cacao. Today, new ways of farming are boosting yields, as old family recipes give rise to small businesses purveying uniquely flavored sweets.
Haitian rice farmers have long suffered because of imported grain that can cost consumers less than half as much as domestic crops. But a government program that begun last year is attempting to establish these farmers as the chief providers for the nation, by reviving production and restoring irrigation systems.
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.
Feeding a desperate need for clean water, business-minded people in Democratic Republic of Congo cross into Rwanda to fill water jugs to sell back home. In the Goma area of DRC, a resource-rich country, the only water available to many people is from Lake Kivu, and people there say it’s not safe to drink.
In the midst of a food shortage, Haiti’s government is drafting plans and implementing new policies to support the country’s large population of farmers. But the farmers, who struggle to maintain their crops with outdated technology and the threat of natural disaster, say the effort isn’t enough.
Criminals in DRC’s North Kivu province have long preyed on major roads, committing killings, kidnappings, and robberies of travelers. In May 2016, however, vehicles from the DRC military began accompanying regular convoys of commercial and passenger vehicles on two main routes, and crime on these slow-moving convoys has been nearly nonexistent.
Burial at a private cemetery is cost prohibitive for most residents of Kisangani, DRC’s third-largest city. But a new trend of illegal, overnight building is desecrating graves at the city’s public cemetery, where burial costs just $20.
“No Hard Feelings” turns scrap metal from planes and cars into affordable kitchenware and other household goods for local people, who can now avoid wandering afar to purchase such items. The business has also created jobs, but there have been complaints about the smoke, odor and possible health effects.
In a region dependent upon agriculture, the poor condition of roads and bridges makes getting produce to market difficult. A group started by a missionary-activist promotes the labor of young men on construction projects, and grateful communities pay them with donations.