英語を聞く: A laundry for Somalia

From BBC Learning English
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by Mary Harper

[…] When Mohamed Mahamoud Sheik returned to his hometown of Mogadishu [in Somalia] after years of living abroad he noticed a problem. His father, his uncles, politicians, businessmen and others had to go to extreme ends to clean their suits. They had to take them abroad, to neighbouring Kenya.

Mohamed – who is 24 years old – quickly spotted an opportunity. He decided to open a laundry, which would not only dry clean people’s clothes, but pick them up and deliver them too. He bought the equipment from Dubai, the US and Italy, and spent time at a friend’s dry cleaning business in the Gulf to pick up skills. He says it was a struggle to find premises because so many people are rushing to start up businesses in Mogadishu that there’s hot competition for space. […]

Homework
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. If you had a chance, what kind of business would you like to start?
2. What business is missing in your area / neighborhood?
3. Make your own sentences with the words written in bold.

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