Between August and December 2020, ZCIEA held series of leadership training for women including those in grassroots which saw a total of 98 ZCIEA Women Leaders being empowered. The training targeted women from territorial presidents, women structures, people with disabilities structures, and youth structures across all the 42 territories (Bindura, Chitungwiza, Chiredzi/Triangle, Gutu, Hwange, Gwanda, Gokwe Center, Gokwe North, Harare, Marondera, Macheke, Mutare, Chipinge, Kadoma, Sanyati, Beitbridge, Kariba, Victoria Falls, Bindura, Chivhu, Kwekwe, Gweru, Bulawayo, Binga, Plumtree, Lupane, Karoi, Masvingo, Tsholotsho, Chinhoyi, Guruve, Mt Darwin, Rusape, Chimanimani, Mashava, Zvishavane, Zhombe, Chegutu, Caledonia, Norton, Nkayi, Mhondoro) in the country.
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations embarked on a resilience-building program to assist women members who were affected by COVID-19 lockdown effects in 2020.
Motion on the need to formalise the Informal Economy activities into mainstream activities has been moved in Parliament, debate now in motion. This is a big move in the right direction
The grey economy has been perceived negatively for the past years and has been acting as a shadow economy. ZCIEA has become the voice to the hopeless and underrated informal workers through its 5 pillars: organizing, educating, empowering, advocating, and representing.
Waste pickers in the informal economy are providing critical and essential services towards mitigating climate change through recycling plastics and trash cans. The informal waste pickers play an important role in waste management that cannot easily be taken up by the formal waste management system. Nkosilati Khumalo a ZCIEA Member from Kwekwe is an informal waste picker who started his carrier in 2008 in South Africa where he used to collect high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastics, and cardboard boxes for recycling.
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) applauds the Municipality of Gwanda’s effort in approving the site for Informal workers and traders to collectively construct a food market. This outcome is a result of a Memorandum of Understanding between ZCIEA and the Municipality of Gwanda which aims at improving the working conditions of informal workers and traders in Gwanda. The approval of the site came as a relief to informal traders who lost their previous trading spaces and posts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ZCIEA Press Release on further Level 4 Lockdown Extension By the Government of Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) is pleading with the government to urgently give cushioning support to the informal workers and traders as well as other vulnerable groups during this lockdown.
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA), is deeply concerned with the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and devastated by the loss of lives (including informal economy workers and traders) in the world due to this global pandemic.