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Zimbabwe's 'informal economy' keeps country afloat

Up to 95% of locals turn to street trade in freewheeling night markets for their livelihood

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The government mostly turns a blind eye, and according to an unspoken rule, the street vendors in Harare are allowed to operate only after dark on weekdays and starting in late afternoon on weekends.

Harare

DUSK falls and thousands of vendors fan out across central Harare. Through the night, they hawk their wares - vegetables, clothes, kitchen utensils, cellphones - from carts, wheelbarrows or even the pavement, transforming the city's staid business district into a giant,

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