The Sizimele Consortium is launching a documentary that highlights the impact of COVID-19 on vendors and informal traders in Bulawayo that is expected to stir debate on the plight of vendors in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic. The documentary spotlights vendors and informal traders who have been affected by the pandemic and amplifies their voices on challenges faced due to COVID-19 lockdown which had a far reaching impact on their livelihoods.
The documentary explores facts, tracks and documents the changes resulting from the intervention by the consortium to mitigate the spread of the disease. Trained Market Bailiffs give testimonies of their experiences while educating informal traders and monitoring compliance to COVID-19 regulations in food and agricultural markets in Bulawayo.
The documentary also features Bulawayo City Council (BCC) who have been leading the re-marking of trading bays in efforts to ensure adherence to social distancing as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Sizimele also gives details on the mitigation strategies that it is providing to vendors and informal traders in fighting the pandemic. Beneficiaries from food and agricultural markets, who received COVID-19 fighting materials from Sizimele Consortium share testimonies on how the support from the Consortium has helped them in fighting the spread of the Corona virus. Sizimele distributed COVID-19 mitigation materials in the form of 346 sanitizers, 1000 face masks, 50 hand washing water dispensers and 14×5 litres paint for demarcating boundaries in food and agricultural markets. The consortium also trained 92 informal traders on Business and Financial literacy.
The documentary also weaves the positive impact of the knowledge that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) traders attained in the Business and Financial Literacy trainings that were held under the Market Aggregation project to inspire SMEs owners to regularise their economic units.