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Tough times experienced by street vendors

Tough times experienced by street vendors

Marthina Mutanga
STREET vendors in Havana settlement in the Khomas Region are complaining of their businesses that are not making any profit any longer.
A 46-year-old Dawid Tusimbeni who comes from Omusati region to sell Omaere in Windhoek said that he has to travel every end of the month to a farm near Otavi to buy milk and travel back to Windhoek sell to sell his product.
Tusimbeni said he support his five children by sending money back home in the north every month and he has to sustain himself in Windhoek at the same time.
“I have to wake up early morning to come and stand at the roadside and try to sell even a cup of omaere for ten dollars if the litters don’t sell sometimes, he said”.
Maria Amutenya who sells fish at the roadside also said that sometimes the fish don’t sell at all so they have to carry it home to try again the following day.
The only profit they are currently making is by selling chicken.
“We buy bags of fish at fish consumption trust in Windhoek and then divide it into portions which we sell for N$10, said Amutenya.”
Street vending, it is argued, contributes to the economic, social, and cultural life of a city by offering a dependable retail outlet for a wide range of affordable goods, including fresh produce, prepared food, school and office supplies, clothing, hardware, and electronics.
Because street vendors sell affordable goods in small quantities, they offer the poor customer access to otherwise unaffordable goods.
In addition, some argue that street vending actually saves cities money by enabling the working poor to generate jobs for themselves, whereas without this opportunity they may become further dependent on city services or turn to criminal activities in order to survive. Street vendors generate jobs not only for themselves, but also for others.

 

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