The LGBTQ community isn’t acknowledged in Zambia because the law doesn’t allow for its existence, so people who struggle with mental health issues often can’t find the care they need. Some grassroots organizations are working to help LGBTQ people, but they often operate in secret.
For generations, artisans in Mexico’s Chiapas state have produced handmade crafts such as clothing, leather goods and looms, to be sold in local markets. But cheap, factory-made copies of these products, mostly from China, have begun to seep into the local market, presenting a serious threat to the artisans’ traditional livelihoods.
Earlier in July, protests against price hikes paralyzed Port-au-Prince, but the demonstrations also forced the closing of one of the capital’s sources of affordable food: the informal street chefs known as “manje kwit.” With stands near markets and bus stops, these vendors offer meals for $1 or less, and their fare is a lifeline for many of the capital’s food-insecure residents.
A new traffic safety campaign in Uganda’s capital aims to shame drivers into following traffic laws. And some drivers have changed their behavior.
Former President Robert Mugabe promised radical change and improvement for education in Zimbabwe, but his 37-year rule bequeathed a system that still leaves most students unable to pass state exams. Candidates in the July 30 presidential election are offering a broad spectrum of policies to raise the quality of education in Zimbabwe.
Thanks to a program introduced in May 2017, some outlying communities have a reliable electrical supply. Government officials say the initiative, which aims to bring renewable energy to 10,000 families, is improving safety, communications and the quality of life across the nation.
As inflation continues to spiral higher in Argentina, hungry people are increasingly turning to food banks for help. Lawmakers are considering a food emergency bill that would support soup kitchens.
In Zimbabwe, funerals matter, but money is tight. With little spare income, many Zimbabweans are facing a tough choice: insure their health or insure their funerals?
Is a semblance of security worth the taxes that villagers are compelled to give the Mai Mai Mazembe armed group? Some in Miriki say yes, while many others have deserted their homes and left the region, at risk of going hungry.
Getting around the busy capital of Chiapas can be expensive, inconvenient and dangerous, so last year, four women banded together to provide driver services to friends and family. The women aren’t licensed taxi drivers, but their secret — safe, alternative transportation — is spreading fast.