By ISHAN THAKORE
This article was published by Al Jazeera on May 02, 2014.
Rabat – Ahmed Dabachi’s heavy blue coat is stained with soot as he lugs a 25-pound butane canister from inside his dark shop to a customer in Rabat.
This is the fuel that many Moroccans depend on for cooking and also often for heating. The government heavily subsidizes the cost for Dabachi and also for his customers. He sells canisters for 42 dirhams or $5.04, but they actually trade for $14.50 on the commodities market.
Dabachi is wary of any but the slightest price increases, knowing they would be bad for him but even worse for families who rely on his products.