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The alternative currency keeping a neighbourhood alive

Access to cash is a big problem for the poorest in society. They can earn so little that they simply don't have enough money in hand to pay for goods and services. This also means shop keepers and traders in poor neighbourhoods also can't shift produce. One area of the port city of Mombasa in Kenya, called Bangladesh, has been using a creative way round this for the past 5 years. They have an alternative currency called Bangla-Pesa, which is used by over 2000 local people. Emma Onyango is the grassroots coordinator for the currency, and she explained to Newsday's Alan Kasujja how it worked when he went to visit her shop

(Photo: Emma Onyango/ Credit: BBC)

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