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Coffee, a Storied Source of Wealth in Rural DRC, Grows Again

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureBusinessEconomy

The terrain around Hutwe, a village in DRC’s North Kivu province, has long been rich and fertile, but armed violence there in the 1990s and 2000s isolated the area. Now, the violence has abated, and a cooperative is helping farmers process and sell their high-quality coffee.

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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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As Sugarcane Farmland Shrinks, Haiti’s Craft Distillers Remain Hopeful

Region: Haiti

Topics: AgricultureBusiness

In a nation reliant on imports and international aid, craft distillers in Léogâne are rightfully proud that they are boosting the economy in that region. But they’re faced with challenges that include the lower costs of imported alcoholic beverages and a shrinking amount of land for sugarcane farming.

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Congolese Firm Fixes Key Road in Remote DRC Area – but a Monsoon Test Awaits

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessInfrastructure

Many foreign contractors have failed to repair the main road between Butembo and Beni in DRC’s remote Ituri province, after the annual monsoon floods leave it impassable. A construction company owned and operated by Congolese successfully fixed the road this year – but will their repairs withstand the coming monsoon season?

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Repairing a Motorcycle in DRC

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Generators Spark Hope for DRC Town, but Power Problems Persist

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessEntrepreneurship

Refrigerated beverages and recharged cellphones are among the benefits of a local businessman’s efforts to bring electricity to Komanda. But breakdowns are common, many can’t afford the use of generators, and residents criticize the national government for failing to provide an infrastructure plan for the region.

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Curing Tobacco in Zimbabwe Requires Trees. Can Tobacco Farmers Plant Enough of Them to Save Their Own Industry?

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessEnvironment

Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry is thriving, but its forests are not even though the government has set aside money for reforestation. Now, tobacco farmers, who rely on burning wood to cure their crop, are taking those efforts into their own hands.

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In Mexico’s Poorest State, Training Program Helps Youth Make the Most of Few Options

Region: Mexico

Topics: BusinessChild RightsJobs

In Chiapas, the state with Mexico’s highest childhood poverty rate, many children quit school early to work instead. These youth have few options, but a training program strives to put opportunity within reach.

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Amid Historically Low Record Sales, Zimbabwe Labels Turn to Piracy to Promote Artists

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: ArtsBusiness

Music piracy has led to declining record sales worldwide. So why are record labels in Zimbabwe encouraging it?

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Holiday Crime in Downtown Kampala? Not This Year, Shopkeepers Say

Region: Uganda

Topics: Business

Police pledged to stamp out petty crime this holiday season, and shopkeepers in Uganda’s capital city say they were successful. It’s a huge change in a city where theft is a big problem.

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