A cashew vendor poses with his merchandise at the Marcado Central market in Maputo, Mozambique. Built around 1900, the market is known as the bazaar of the city. Basic goods including fruits, vegetables, spices, and more are sold there, along with several varieties of cashews, of which Mozambique is one of the largest producers in the world. As one of the oldest markets of its size in the country, many unemployed Mozambicans have turned to the informal trade industry within Marcado Central to support their livelihoods in times of economic distress. The market served as an important economic port for Mozambicans during the country’s civil war and it continues to do so today for the country’s producers and vendors.
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