But oil prices tumbled to nearly half their value a year ago, and have remained stuck there ever since. Algeria is now struggling to find a way to make up lost revenue, since the country heavily subsidizes electricity, food, and other necessities for their citizens.
Some Algerians are hoping to use the crisis an opportunity to form companies of their own. Their obstacles—as well as the potential payoffs for the government, entrepreneurs, and investors—are considerable.
Read the rest of Elizabeth’s story on vice.com.