by Fungai Munetsi
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) in partnership with French Embassy Zimbabwe conducted a Life Beyond COVID-19 training session to its members in Beitbridge Territory on the 14th of September 2021. The objective of this awareness raising was to equip informal economy trading and working members with innovative entrepreneurship and working methods that sustain their living beyond the effects of COVID-19.
A total of 49 informal workers and traders (33 Women, 16 men) were empowered with new strategies to live life beyond COVID-19 and its effects. Beitbridge Deputy Mayor, Former Beitbridge Mayor, and 3 members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police also participated in this awareness raising in Beitbridge Territory.
Informal economy workers and traders in Beitbridge raised the following issues during the training:
– criminalization of informal workers and traders by Zimbabwe Republic Police
– Border Closure has affected businesses of cross border traders
Key recommendation that came out of this training were as follows:
– need for the local authorities in Beitbridge to construct new markets for traders
– Beitbridge Deputy Mayor urged ZCIEA women to engage Women’s Empowerment Bank for recapitalization support is needed to boost businesses which negatively affected by COVID-19 effects
– Members urged to embrace technology and take advantage of marketing their goods and services via digital platforms
‘The Chamber That Delivers’