A woman putting on a respiratory mask sells grocery items in a tuck shop in downtown Harare. In spite of the dangers resulting from exposure to the virus, most informal traders are continuing to operate. Staying at home, she pointed out, would result in starvation to her family.
Times have changed. Selling tomatoes in the street had been her livelihood since her husband died. She even managed to sent all her children to the local secondary school. Her children have grown now and have since married. But she no longer sells tomatoes anymore. Her legs are giving her more problems now. The doctor said its arthritis. She will also not be able to play cat and mouse games with police.
The years had been hard and full of toil. Over those years, she had never stopped to think of how much things had changed since her husband’s untimely death. So when her only son, Zviroto, married, she had cried, danced and ululated with joy. “Mwari mandiona. Kudzwai Jehovha. Munoona shirikadzi”. She had even written a letter to her brother Tobias in Umtali of the growth of the family. But alas, what started with tears of joy slowly turned into years of sheer, unmet expectancy. That unfulfilled yearning for her son to have a child slowly turned into a somewhat conviction she would not get to hold her son’s child. This scary thought made her withdraw into her cocoon. But she never stopped praying… *** So when the letter from Zviroto had come that evening, telling her they now had a son after many years of barrenness, she never wasted time. That next morning, the first bus that passed through the village found her already standing impatiently under the giant musasa tree.
I happened to witness winter wheat harvesting a couple of days ago at (somewhere). These pictures may paint a good outlook of winter wheat farming in Zimbabwe. However, this sector is said to be facing a lot of challenges. Farmers have cited shortages of fuel and electricity for irrigation as their major challenges, while others say they don’t have working capital. This has led to some sections saying it is cheaper to import wheat rather than grow it in Zimbabwe. Hmm, so which is which? Combine Harvester Loading Wheat onto Tractor Trailer Tractor and Trailer Carrying Wheat