As Zimbabweans continue to cope with an unstable economy, greenhouses are popping up in backyards in both urban and suburban areas. Amateur farmers now provide produce to local markets and earn a consistent income.
In Zimbabwe, legal tender can take the form of U.S. dollars, bond notes, EcoCash, mobile wallets and a pseudo-currency called RTGS. As their values rise and fall throughout each day, there’s real money to be made from trading money.
Doubts about Zimbabwe’s July 30 elections drove many opposition supporters into the streets to protest, and the military promptly cracked down on the unrest. The bullets fired on those days have left lasting damage.
Barely more than one-third of the members of Zimbabwe’s Parliament are women, and the average age of past election candidates has been over 50. That’s part of what makes Joanah Mamombe, the 25-year-old woman who represents Harare West, exceptional – and her work with young people is already beginning to draw attention in her district.
Zimbabwe’s electricity grid is in bad shape, and the country is forced to import power from neighboring Mozambique and South Africa. As the government looks for energy self-sufficiency, and citizens look for ways to cut their energy bills at home, many are finding an alternative that seems to offer a sustainable solution: solar power.
An estimated 1.1 million people in Zimbabwe have unreliable access to food, so agricultural experts are encouraging farmers to grow drought-resistant small grains. But because maize, the country’s staple crop, fetches a higher price, it may be an uphill battle.