Do you validate, Mr. le Bon?
Blog Guy, I’ve had it with the U.S. economy. Do you know some other currency I could convert my savings to?
Have you thought about the Democratic Republic of Congo’s currency?
Frankly, no I haven’t.
Go to Goma and look up my friend, le Bon.
How will I know him?
He’s a Sappeur – the local name for a dandy dresser. You want a dapper banker, don’t you?
I guess. Is he legitimate?
Of course! Look at this stack of bills! Rubber bands and everything! Do you think just anybody can get rubber bands in Goma?
Sorry, but this is new to me. Where’s le Bon’s office?
He doesn’t have one. No overhead, that’s better for you. Plus, you get to do it outdoors, so lots of folks can see what you’re doing. What could be safer than that?
Money changer Kwami Longange poses for a portrait on a street corner in Goma in eastern Congo, February 9, 2009. Longange, nicknamed “le Bon” – the Good – is a Sappeur, the local name for a dandy dresser. REUTERS/ Finbarr O’Reilly