In Otjivero, a dusty village in central Namibia, everyone knows where to buy freshly baked bread. Just head to the metal shack where Frida Nembwaya, mother of seven, has opened a bakery. She calls her business “Good Life After Struggle,” which pretty well sums up her story.

Struggle is commonplace in Namibia, where more than half the 2.1 million inhabitants live on less than $2 per day. Once part of South Africa, Namibia has the most unequal income distribution in the world. It’s a place of...


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