With inflation tightening its grip on Zimbabwe, people are hungry for ways to get groceries from abroad, but many traditional methods are expensive and inconvenient. But new technology might offer some relief.
Cultural tradition dictates that families bury deceased Zimbabweans at their rural homes, where they can watch over living relatives and rest in peace. But the rising cost of living has forced many families to bury loved ones in cities, and space is running out.
The Zimbabwean government requires traditional healers to apply for formal approval to sell their medicine legally. But so far, only one man has received it. Other traditional healers say the process is too long and too expensive.
Zimbabweans have long struggled with cash shortages, and many have turned to “mobile money” for daily transactions. With no need for a bank account, the system is convenient – at least, until it's time to make a withdrawal.
In Zimbabwe, the law stipulates that undocumented migrants be deported – but the country, in the midst of an economic crisis, can rarely afford to carry out the deportation. In the meantime, with nowhere to go but local prisons, migrants can only wait.