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Afuna Gwebawalana Shop...

There are 35 million people in the country of Uganda, Africa, which is about the same size as the state of Oregon. Uganda is one of the poorest nations in the world, with 37.7 percent of the population living on less than $1.25 a day. Despite making enormous progress in reducing the countrywide poverty from about 50% to roughly 30% in the last 10 years, poverty remains deep-rooted in the country’s rural areas, which are home to more than 85 per cent of Ugandans. Pictured here is your typical morning in one of the small villages outside the capital city of Kampala. These small pantries litter the roads of each village and sell pretty much everything. Matoke bananas, fresh fish, potatoes, fruits, vegetables, coca-cola, second hand clothing, and even pre-paid cell phones can usually be found at these small "711" type stores. From what I gathered, the villagers sell pretty much anything they can to try and make a living. Competition is fierce, since each family has their own shop and all sell very similar items. The yellow jerry cans are for gathering water, since running water is a luxury most villages do not have. Electricity is also fairly uncommon for these rural shops. The families sleep in the back room located behind their store and space is limited, so during the day they spend most of their time on the front porch cooking, cleaning, sewing, and performing many other daily activities.

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