Stories: Business

  • Why It’s Now A Crime To Let Cattle Graze Freely In 2 Nigerian States

    Watch Tim McDonnell's accompanying video here. As a cattle herder in Benue, a rural state in central Nigeria, Sale Tambaya's life revolved around his herd of roughly 100 cows and a few dozen sheep. Normally, he would take them out from a pen near his thatched hut every morning to graze freely in the surrounding grassland. But on Nov. 1,...

  • Congo’s quiet collapse

    Far from the international spotlight, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) crisis is silently suffocating its citizens. On a humid morning in Mbandaka — the crumbling provincial capital of the densely forested Équateur province in the DRC — 50-year-old Jerome Bokele sits on a broken wooden chair in the courtyard of his small breezeblock compound....

  • Mauritanian women take economic independence into their own hands

    A half-dozen men lug a silver-coloured vat towards the two-room building. It's a tight squeeze through the doorframe, and a few men are forced to let go to get the machine inside. Finally, the heavy vessel is set down in the corner of a room painted a bright turquoise and filled with local women who quickly crowd around the...

  • This Couple Aims to Make Ecuador the Cradle of Fine Chocolate Making

    Most of the world's chocolate today comes from America and Europe, and it's made from cacao (cocoa) beans grown in Africa. But at least one South American company wants to make the best chocolate in the world from beans grown at home in the cradle of cacao. "Latin America has been sitting on a gold mine of cacao...

  • Ecuador’s Oil Bust Draws Parallels to 1990s Financial Crisis

    Ecuador's economy is faltering thanks to a year of record low oil prices and fears of a "godzilla" El Niño forming in the Pacific Ocean. The situation is drawing bizarre parallels to the last major financial crisis to hit the small South American country in the late 1990s. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: People in Ecuador are worried they'...

  • Ecuador’s Cachinerías: Forbidden by Law, Treasure Trove for Thrifters

    Six blocks from Plaza San Francisco, tarpaulins and spread-out sheets take over a maze of alleys in Ecuador's capital city every Saturday. Men, dressed in worn-out jackets, hover around mounds of shirts, ornaments, backpacks, stuffed animals and a host of other knick-knacks put out for sale at the San Roque market. Buyers, a mix of foreigners and locals, take...

  • Nepal Connections: Trail to Everest Under Repair, Open for Business

    Pasang Sherpa, and the rest of the Sagarmatha National Park, are open for business. Sharpa's Mount Kailash Lodge has its tables out on the sun deck, with a beautiful view overlooking the Dudh Koshi River. He's strategically placed in the village of Monju, halfway between the airport town of Lukla where most of the tourists arrive, and the...

  • Tourists Abandon Ghana Despite Its Successes Against Ebola

    Each evening the fishermen set out in their hand-carved wooden boats. By nightfall, the horizon is dotted by a long row of small lights, their own constellation. Fish are caught, the haul is sold in markets and life continues. But one group is noticeably absent from Elmina and other towns along Ghana’s coast – tourists. ...

  • To Get People to Build Toilets, Turn to Subsidies

    The one public bathroom in Ponkrum collapsed a few years ago. An effort to build a new one yielded a large pit that is used for trash, not defecation. For the people living in the small village near the Ghanian coast, there is no other option than going out in the open. They are a part of the 15 percent...

  • If You Have a Meeting in Ethiopia, You’d Better Double Check the Time

    Things always get lost in translation. Sometimes, words or phrases just cannot be converted word-for-word from one language to the next. But in most places, the date and the time works pretty much the same all over the world. Not in Ethiopia. There, it’s currently the end of the fifth month of 2007. It isn’t so...