Portrait #2

Akim, 25, set up a business three years ago, selling second-hand bags in central Kampala. How does he choose them? “I don’t”, he says. The bags are sold in bulk, by weight, in Nairobi, where they’ve already travelled all the way from Germany, Canada, the USA. 45kg of bags cost between 750,000 and 1.5m Ugandan shillings – depending on the kind of bag it is: at the top end, travel luggage from the US; the cheaper ones, shoulder bags from Germany.

“You can’t be a jobseeker here”, says Akim. “You have to be a job creator”.

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