woman economy during covid19

valem
Posted August 13, 2020 from Tanzania

 

covid19 19 crashed the economy of a woman who cooks food.

When the news began to spread that a new disease had entered Europe, I gave myself hope that this is a disease of those countries, we Africans do not care. No precaution was taken until early March. The first patient was diagnosed in Tanzania, oooh my God, the shock came into the country and people got scared and street stories became more and more developed. Every time the news became covid19 today it has resulted in the deaths of certain number of  people.

Schools were closed after a while and colleges were also closed, remember that this is where most of the women are engaged in informal employment, street food venders and many entrepreneurs. People got scared of not being present at the gatherings, this is where the women's economy collapsed as all the buyers decided to stay in their homes, the students were also not in colleges. The result is that society begins to live a new life that they are not used to

Wear bracelets while at assemblies, Washing hands regularly, Not touching the facial areas, Non-compliance. It was hard for community to copy with the situation.

Many women returned to a poverty-stricken environment where they were unable to make ends meet as no business continued.

The hope came that we should live in the age of covid19 as it exists throughout our lives the basic premise is to protect ourselves and protect ourselves without coercion. I am happy to say that the Tanzanian community received positively,  feedback and changed their lifestyle, and now life is back to normal and schools are open and women have returned to their livelihood activities.

In that sense in our life there is no condition that will be permanent what is required is to accept and take action.

 

 

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Andrace
Aug 13
Aug 13

Thank you for sharing, Valem. The pandemic has shaken everyone...especially the means of livelihood of many women like you rightly observed. The virus is global, not local at all, so we all owe ourselves the responsibility of staying safe. Good thing restrictions are being lifted and everyone is adjusting to the new normal though.

However, how did the women who were most affected cope during the lock-down? ...Perhaps, we could share from the creative ideas and tips of our sisters from Tanzania?

Good to read from you. :)

You're a natural, Emi'! Lovely comment. Keep it up, sis. :)

Andrace
Aug 13
Aug 13

Only trying to learn from you, Sis. Thanks.

Remain super blessed. :)

Hello, Valem,

How are you? I hope you and your family are safe.

I can relate. That was also our attitude when we heard about the coronavirus: it won't affect our country. But oopps, it did, and the number of cases are still increasing.

I love how resilient the Tanzanian Community is!

This resonates with me, "In that sense in our life there is no condition that will be permanent what is required is to accept and take action."

Thanks for giving us a glimpse of what's happening in Tanzania. Please continue to update us!

valem
Aug 13
Aug 13

most of them lived on just one meal

That's terrible, dear. :(

Nini Mappo
Aug 14
Aug 14

So true Valem, and sad.

I remember all those corona songs we composed believing that it was too far away.

People everywhere have needed a lot of inner strength to get through the lockdown. And even with return to normal we return with caution and a level of uncertainty.

I hope that you continue to keep safe.

In sisterhood,
Nini

valem
Aug 14
Aug 14

sure sister

Chi8629
Aug 14
Aug 14

Thank you for sharing Sister.

Vanora.Lee
Aug 14
Aug 14

So glad to know that your country gone through all the tough times and on the track to normalcy; and you yourself embraced the change and bounce even stronger than before! Yes, no condition will be permanent and pandemic will be over one day and hopefully soon! Stay well and hopeful!

valem
Aug 14
Aug 14

what happen to your country sister?

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 23
Aug 23

What a journey, from not having the information, to making changes, to a point that no-one has it. It is important that the news of how this is affecting women in particular is documented, and so that we know what is happening everywhere and how we all are doing. It is such important and great news that there is no-one with covid there. May it stay this way, and all of you stay safe, and our governments learn.