Members of the informal sector whose hopes of survival are deeply stuck on their daily earnings have been severely affected by the lockdown restrictions. The uncertain nature of the lockdown has been characterized by the shocking scenes that vendors have witnessed so far. The lockdown has locked up their means of survival as 80 % of the people depend on hand to the mouth where they make a paltry 1-2USD profit a day.
On the 23rd of April 2020 Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) hosted a live radio discussion program on Capitalk 100. FM. The discussion was on the reality check on the impact of COVID-19 on the informal economy workers and traders. The now and post lockdown life reflection
“Flattening the curve” has become a mantra of the COVID-19 pandemic. Calls for staying home and social distancing (lockdown) have clearly emphasized the inequalities in our society, especially among the poor informal economy workers and their dependents who live from hand to mouth.