Learned Vendor

‘I have siblings to look after, having certificates hanging around on the wall would not bring food on the table’

By Samantha Kuboni

Waking up early to catch that 5am taxi by the corner of 16th street, the seasons seem to have changed, the weather is not so friendly, It is freezing outside.
The Kombi is almost full and most of them are women, mostly older than me. We all journeyed to one destination, the market. I usually go there twice a week to get stuff(tomatoes, onions, cabbage etc) for my ‘msika’ (vending place).

This is the story of Sheron* who graduated at the University of Zimbabwe in 2013. Fresh out of Varsity opportunities seemed to be plenty. However, this has somehow become her reality. There are no jobs in the country, closure of companies (mostly in Bulawayo) & retrenchment has become the order of the day.
‘I have siblings to look after, having certificates hanging around on the wall would not bring food on the table’
Being from a child headed family , having worked hard through high school, she scored herself a scholarship which saw her getting into UZ. Things are not going well for Sheron* she does not know what the future holds for her but what she knows is that she just has to keep on moving.

Unlike other graduates who skip the country to look for opportunities,she can not afford. But like many other graduates she is still waiting to be called in any of the numerous companies where she dropped off her CVs.

She has become among many of the graduates who are doing what they did not go to college for, just to make ends meet. She only enjoyed Life as a graduate only when she was still studying, when she had not yet been introduced to the harsh and cold realities of life.

But then this is the country we have come to know…..

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