A declining fish population has forced Cabo Rojo’s diving fishermen into deeper waters, where many exceed safe dive times to make a living. Their efforts can lead to decompression sickness, and emergency treatment is hours away.
The asbestos mines belonging to SMM Holdings were once among the world’s most productive – before allegations of fraud and mismanagement essentially shut them down. Years-long efforts to revive them have failed, and former employees are paying the price.
Last year, a group of Kisangani residents stole a load of bank notes marked for destruction. As the old, tattered currency re-enters circulation, shoppers and vendors lose trust in their money – and the Central Bank of Congo.
On Uganda’s Lake Victoria, cage fish farms take the guesswork out of fishing, as farmers feed fish in controlled areas – which makes them easy to harvest. But as the popularity of fish farming grows, residents worry about its effect on local water.
The city of Puebla, known for its vibrant college life, finds its economy wobbling in the wake of a student strike and the coronavirus pandemic. For scores of enterprises, staying afloat in 2020 has been hard – or, in some cases, impossible.
Part 2 in a Series: Tens of thousands of DRC residents earn a living by trading across the border with Rwanda. Now, the border is closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus – and experts warn that an economic disaster is imminent.
Cross-border traders bring goods from abroad to resell in Zimbabwe, and the informal trade ripples through the country’s economy, providing jobs and lowering the cost of staples. Now this industry – and the nation – must reckon with a closed border.
A wealth of natural resources should make the nation’s agriculture sector one of the world’s most productive. Instead, ongoing instability has hampered access to food and stymied farmers’ commercial output.