Uiuipi is a co-operative of craftsmen on Wimbe Bay on the northern coast of Mozambique that I first got to know six years ago. Their members were lone street sellers before, but police harassment got them both fired up and co-operating. The threat more recently has been from officials and outsiders who have tried to take their land from underneath them.

I was able to visit them last month, alongside other co-ops and cultural projects. The shack has been their store for years and they are now moving to a brand new shop in a deal that they hope will grow sales and generate income for local people.

So much economic development is based on producing stuff that you are in competition with the world on. But there can also be a space for development based on culture – on being different, rather than being the same.



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