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.
Of the millions of Nepalese who head abroad for work, many find jobs through employment agencies that charge illegal fees and leave the migrant workers effectively in indentured servitude. But those exploited workers finally have the chance to face off against the employment agencies that sent them abroad, thanks to a mediation program launched this year by Nepal’s Department of Foreign Employment.