|ZIMBABWE WOMEN KEEP ECONOMY AFLOAT|
|Publications - African Agenda|
|Written by Tonderai Kwidini|
|Tuesday, 18 August 2009 17:19|
The country now has a unity government but a long-drawn out political and socio-economic crisis in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe has reduced much of the population to destitution. The crisis has hit women and children the hardest. Yet still women remain the thread holding the once prosperous southern African nation together, writes *Tonderai Kwidini.
Her small tattered book is full of lists of orders for goods such as beer, maize-meal and chemicals. On a page are addresses and phone numbers of store managers while, on yet another, a list of names has been jotted down along with corresponding amounts.
‘This is my accounting book. It has my orders for goods that I am supposed to go and buy for my clients in Botswana, as well as a list of people who have paid and also those who haven't, plus those goods that are in short supply,’ Amai Towe, a Harare-based cross-border trader, told IPS with a satisfied tone.
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