Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Stores have goods again in Zimbabwe

If you have the money, there is again plenty to buy in the stores of Zimbabwe. Last year, store shelves were empty thought the country do to the hyper inflation of the Zim currency. Once Zimbabwe scrapped their local currency and lifted import restrictions people can shop again.

From South Africa's 24 News, we hear more from a Zimbabwe shopper.

"It a luxury for those who have money to buy," said Marian Chituku, a 36-year-old mother of three, holding a loaf of bread as she walked out of a supermarket in the working-class suburb of Chitungwiza, outside the capital.

"The shops are full, but to us there is no difference because we cannot afford the goods. They are as good as non-existent. We only see them on the shelves."

Chituku said her family has tea - without milk - in the late morning, skips lunch and then eat dinner as their only meal in order to stretch her income from a vegetable stall in the township.

But in Harare's leafy suburbs, supermarkets are a shopper's paradise for the select few deciding between imported haddock fillets or full-shell mussels.

"You can get everything you want here," Josephine Marucchi, a housewife from the posh suburb of Mount Pleasant, said pausing to choose from the various brands of cheese before completing the sentence: "as long as you have money.

"It's completely different from last year when people had money and the shops were empty," she added.

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