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The Pedicure Economy In A Haitian Tent City

Port-au-Prince's biggest tent city — population 50,000 — sprung up on a golf course soon after the earthquake. Almost as quickly, an informal economy appeared, complete with a makeshift movie theater and lots of full-service beauty salons that compete with each other for business.

Planet Money's Adam Davidson visited the salon (and the rest of the tent city) as part of a joint project with Frontline; you can watch the video above, and listen to the story on Morning Edition.

For more of our Haiti coverage, listen to our conversations with the Prime Minister, a micro-entrepreneur and Mango Man Jean Maurice Buteau