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Goth Ali, 28, works at a cellphone shop in the Village Market, a Somali-American mall in Minneapolis. Ali says he wires $400 to $500 every month to relatives in east Africa, including his older brother who lives in the Puntland region of Somalia. (Matt Sepic / MPR New)

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MINNEAPOLIS — Every month, 28-year-old Goth Ali manages to scrape together $400 to $500 to send to his siblings in east Africa.

As soon as Ali is paid by the cellphone shop he works for in the Village Market, he uses a service known as a hawala to wire the cash to his family.

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