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Feature - Barcelona's African street traders swap crime for craft
by Sophie Davies
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12 October 2017
On 12 October 2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported:
When Alioune Thiam arrived in Barcelona, he joined hundreds of other undocumented African migrants peddling their wares illegally on the streets. Now he's part of a scheme to give some of the Spanish city's most vulnerable people an alternative. Senegalese-born Thiam arrived in Barcelona by plane in 2007, joining his brother. But he couldn't get a job because he didn't have a work permit.
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... He is a member of Diomcoop, an initiative launched in March that enables street hawkers to undergo business training and sell merchandise at official city markets. In return, they must agree to stop trading illegally. ...
The public has so far responded well to Diomcoop's handmade clothes, jewellery and bags -- some sourced from artisans' homes in Senegal -- because they offer an alternative to the goods typically sold by street traders, said Thiakh. ...
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