Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation (VISET) today held two meetings with Executives of vendor organisation in Berkeley and Oakland in United States of America. Through its Executive Director who is currently taking part in the Mandela Washington Fellowship,VISET had the opportunity to chronicle the struggles of street vendors in Zimbabwe and emphasized that the challenges that street vendors continue to face are anchored on the current government’s reluctance to embrace street vending as an alternative and viable employment avenue.
The Executives of both organisations promised to assist street vendors in Zimbabwe to get organised and approach the government with a concise Street Zoning Plan. The Zoning Strategy which is being used in the US has seen the growth of street vending and transforming to become huge business in the world’s biggest economy. After the meetings with the Executives of street vendors in Berkeley and Oakland VISET conducted a tour of some of the vending sites in the two towns
In Oakland VISET had the chance to meet vendors at Jack London Square and in Berkeley VISET visited Berkeley Flea Market