The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the worst on record, more than 3,500 people have contracted the illness, and more than 2,000 have died.
The outbreak has also meant profound changes to everyday life. Curfews, containment zones, and a near halt to agriculture have occurred, stalling the region’s economy.
Balmed Holdings buys and sells cocoa, coffee, and cashews with local farmers in Sierra Leone.
Medgar Brown, the CEO of Balmed Holdings, joined us over the phone from Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, to tell us how Ebola is affecting his community.
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