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Zimbabwe’s Economic Crisis Is Changing How the Country Shops

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessEconomy

A new pricing system is the latest indication that Zimbabwe’s economic crisis is fundamentally changing how the country does business. Some vendors and consumers are praising the system – so why are the authorities discouraging it?

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Business Is Booming for Handmade Wigs in Zimbabwe

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Business

In a bid to boost local manufacturing, Zimbabwe in 2016 restricted imports of more than 30 goods, synthetic hair extensions among them. But the hair extensions are still available in markets, salons and beauty shops across the country. Locals are turning them into low-cost wigs for hair lovers.

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Prefabricated Homes May Fix Argentina’s Housing Crisis – and Put Builders out of Work

Region: Argentina

Topics: BusinessEconomyInfrastructure

Facing an acute housing shortage and the plummeting value of the Argentine peso, Argentina’s housing authority is touting a construction solution that would be both cheap and fast. But for the country’s construction industry, this solution may turn out to be a problem.

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Despite Demand, Zimbabwe’s Government-Trained Nurses Struggle to Find Work

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessHealthJobs

In Zimbabwe, government health care institutions want more nurses on staff, and government-trained nurses want jobs. But the government doesn't have the money to train or hire all of them.

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Their Coffee is World-Class, but DRC Farmers Say Growing It Doesn’t Pay

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureBusiness

Even though Starbucks and other major coffee companies buy beans from co-ops that represent them, coffee farmers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo say they can't earn a living growing the crop.

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Motorcycles Made in China Are a Cheap, Fast Solution to Travel Through Rural DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Business

In a mountainous area where good roads are rare, cheap motorcycles from China are helping people get around — and make a living.

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Cameroon’s Tech Startups, Hungry for Funds, Distrust Government in Wake of Web Blackout

Region: Cameroon

Topics: Business

Cameroon’s startups have had trouble finding investment, and this year many were further hampered by the government’s three-month shutdown of the internet in English-speaking regions. Cameroon is hosting a series of meetings around the country to match startups with investors, but entrepreneurs are dubious.

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Trade Route, Once a Symbol of Stability in Disputed Region, Troubled by Restrictions

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: BusinessEconomyPolitics

New regulations that restrict trade between the sections of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan and India have created problems for businesspeople who trade fruit and other goods grown on either side. Trade numbers have dramatically lowered at the post, which the traders say hinders connections between family members separated by the border.

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Palm Oil Prices Skyrocket in DRC, as Demand Outpaces Production

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureBusinessNutrition

Palm oil is a standard ingredient in Congolese kitchens, but it’s also commonly used to make soap. Now, demand is outpacing production – and some families are getting priced out of the nutritional staple.

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Knowledge of Mandarin Chinese Opens Doors for Zimbabwe’s Young Job Seekers

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Business

With China’s strong economic ties to Zimbabwe, study of the language is rising in popularity among students and professionals in the African country. Young people say a command of the language has enabled them to find jobs quickly, but some experts warn that the nation’s economic development has become too reliant on Chinese culture and language.

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