In Za’atari refugee camp, near the Syrian border in northern Jordan, a bustling market including barber shops, video game arcades and mobile phone stores is thriving, serving a resourceful population of almost 100,000 forcibly displaced people.

What started out as a few shops selling second-hand clothing has developed into a shopper’s delight of nearly 3,000 stores scattered across the camp. For locals strolling through what they dub the “Champs-Élysées”, front load washers, pet birds, rotisserie chickens, lingerie and wedding dresses are just some of the diverse products on offer.

A UNHCR staff member who often visits the camp says all of the shops are illegal but tolerated, and the commerce has the added benefit of creating job opportunities and a more dynamic camp.