Thigh Vendors Are Now Accepting Maize And Beans As Payment For Services
Thigh Vendors at Dema growth point are now accepting buckets of maize and cups of beans as payment from their cash-strapped male clients.
Speaking to New Zimbabwe at Dema’s growth point in Seke rural, thigh vendors appealed to the government and other organisations for low-interest loans to start income-generating projects to fend for their starving families.
“Gone are the days when we used to charge US$5 for the whole night. These days, even one dollar is accepted, so that you are able to buy vegetables and tomatoes and cook something for your starving children,” one of the thigh vendors, who only identified herself as Alice, said.
She said she has three children, one of whom is doing Form 4. The child needs ZIMSEC (Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council) registration fees while the other kids are in Grade 7 and Grade One.
“I now even accept a bucket of maize or cups of dried beans as payment for my services. At least I am assured that my kids will have porridge.
Another thigh vendor only identified as Mavis said she could have opted to be a house helper but the local people do not pay.
The thigh vendors who spoke to the publication were attending a Key Affected Populations (KAP) workshop meant to find ways to reduce HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The seminar was convened by the National Aids Council (NAC) at Dema growth point.
The NAC District AIDS coordinator for Seke ‘Florence Nyandoro’, said apart from teaching sexual and reproductive rights, they were also training thigh vendors on financial education.
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