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Scourge of Power Outages Holding Business Back in Africa

Power outages are a fact of life across much of Africa, with the near-daily blackouts affecting rich and poor countries alike. A small business in Nairobi that began as a party supply outfit has expanded to serve restaurants and supermarkets - moving more than a ton of ice a day, while their custom-made ice sculptures decorate State House events. It's an entrepreneurial success story. But Betty Mbithe, office manager of The Ice Man company, said the limits of the country's...

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