Women Are Doing Wonders With Open Trade
In the small east-central African nation of Burundi, many women make a living by trading goods with people in the neighboring countries of Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). These savvy entrepreneurs comb Burundi’s street markets for the deals of the day, relying on hard-won experience as to what will sell. The hardest part hasn’t always been finding a good deal, however. Until recently, crossing the border was a difficult, expensive, and dangerous process, putting traders at the mercy of the whims of border guards. Thanks to a local Atlas Network partner, that situation has changed for the better.