In Western Kenya, poverty has put girls at risk of becoming pregnant and dropping out of school. But a program in the region seeks to empower the girls by giving them transportation, in the form of bicycles. For VOA, Lenny Ruvaga reports from Kakamega and Kisumu, Kenya.
Recently named one of the most promising entrepreneurs in Africa by Forbes magazine, computer scientist Rachel Sibande founded and runs tech incubator MHub to mentor young "technopreneurs" in Malawi. About 4,000 youths have benefited from her initiative. Lameck Masina caught up with Sibande and some of her mentees in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, and reports on the impact they have had on their communities.
The “Bama cap” is a distinct hat made by the Bama people of Nigeria's Borno State. Prized across West Africa for their intricate hand-woven embroidery, the hats are now being woven into Nigerian pop culture. Boko Haram has displaced many of Bama’s residents. Now, a collective of IDP’s from Bama are sewing the caps, which sell at high cost and high profit. Chika Oduah reports from Maiduguri, Borno's capital.
Every year, the breakaway republic of Somaliland exports huge amounts of livestock to Saudi Arabia to feed the millions of Muslim faithful making their pilgrimage to Mecca. Jason Patinkin follows this epic trade from rural markets to the port of Berbera.