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Uganda Cracks Down on Sales of SIM Cards for Phones, and Sellers Are Paying the Price

Region: Uganda

Topics: Business

In an effort to cut down on crime, Uganda has temporarily banned the sale of unregistered SIM cards for mobile phones. Small vendors, who relied on those sales, now have to get by without that income.

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Hand-Crafted Confections Boost a Growing Cacao Trade in Chiapas

Region: Mexico

Topics: BusinessCulture

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.

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Haiti’s Rice Farmers, With Government Help, Hope They Can Feed Their Nation

Region: Haiti

Topics: AgricultureBusiness

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.

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Wary Congolese Move Their Money Elsewhere As Banks Close, Customers Lose Deposits

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Business

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.

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In DRC, Search for Clean Water Sends Entrepreneurs To Rwanda

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessHealth

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.

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Facing Food Shortage and Weather Crises, Haitian Farmers Say Government Support is Insufficient

Region: Haiti

Topics: BusinessEnvironment

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.

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Military Protects Twice-Daily Convoys to Stem Violence on DRC Roads

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessHuman Rights

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.

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Poor Residents of DRC City Cope With Desecration of Graves by Illegal Home Construction

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessCulture

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.

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DRC Shop Turns Castoffs Into Cookware, Helping Residents Save Money, Travel Time

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Business

“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.

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Road Construction Work by Youth Aids Farmers in Moving Produce to Markets

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Business

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.

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