In an industry dominated by men, more women are emerging as leaders, earning top dollar and employing teams of miners. But even as their numbers grow, they say their claims are often challenged by men who want to mine the same areas.
As Zimbabwe’s economy continues to decline, shoppers have faced tighter budgets and vanishing purchasing power — but Chinese-owned retailers have provided more choice. The government has passed legislation to limit imports, but, thanks to their low prices, the Chinese stores seem here to stay.
When it’s time to pass around the collection basket, congregants in some Zimbabwe churches can now donate with plastic instead of cash. It’s a way to cope with the country’s liquidity crisis, but some people find the new practice jarring.
ZANU-PF, Robert Mugabe’s political party, has been in power in Zimbabwe since 1980. Now that the president has resigned, young citizens are running for seats in parliament, hoping to improve the lives of Zimbabwe’s youth by introducing progressive policies.
Facing their country’s abiding job and cash shortage, some Zimbabwean youth have turned to farming indigenous crops in their backyards to make a living. In the country’s climate, raising the crops isn’t difficult – but convincing consumers to choose their product over more cost-effective processed food is a different story.