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'The Fighting Women' of Africa Collect Plastic to Build Schools

'The Fighting Women' of Africa Collect Plastic to Build Schools

In Africa's Ivory Coast, women are collecting plastic for recycling into bricks to build schools. HowStuffWorks looks at the program.


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