Mohammed Osman Ali is a refugee in Uganda, and he is doing his best to make the best of a bad situation. Ali plan is setting up a business in video games. After scavenging through discarded electronic parts, hardware and games, along with busting his behind to learn how they worked so he could operate and maintain them. In the end, he’s managed to establish an “arcade” in his refugee camp, consisting of a single PlayStation 2, which he modified.
Mohammed isn’t just making a living from “renting out time” on the console — he charges users USD $0.20c for ten minutes worth of play, but he also credits the machine in helping him preserve his sanity, which is understandable since I can only imaging how spending five years in a refugee camp could test even the sternest of characters. Mohammed’s story leads an NPR report on refugees and work called “Doing Business Like A Refugee,” episode 557 of the Planet Money show. You can listen to it HERE.