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For 10 Cents a Pop, Nigerians Charge Phones at the Shop

Government electricity has never extended to most of Nigeria's countryside but mobile phones are everywhere.  To meet the demand for electricity to keep those phones going, some enterprising villagers have opened "charge shops" where customers can power their phones and help lift the shop owner out of poverty. There are only a few hundred people in the village of Kakora, which is deep in the forest in northern Nigeria, and most are subsistence farmers, growing maize, ...

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