The island off the east coast of Africa lures travelers with its white-sand beaches and spice plantations. But off the tourist-beaten path, seaweed harvesting, considered women's work, is now a lucrative industry. By cultivating, picking, drying, and selling the green stuff for export to Asia and Europe - where it will be made into gelling agents for cosmetics, ice cream, and medicine - many local women are supporting themselves and, indeed, their fishermen husbands.
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