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Democratic Republic of Congo Benito Awazi welds windows at his workshop in Makiso, a district in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Awazi says that when electricity is available, he is able to make four doors and four windows per day. He sells each door for 486,000 Congolese francs ($300), and windows are 162,000 to 242,000 francs ($100 to $150). To avoid having his work disrupted by power outages, Awazi buys prepaid electricity from SNEL, a national utility, for 32,400 francs ($20) per day.