Today I will introduce the last person, whose story was featured in my project In the Grey – Marcy Mwape.
At the age of 20, Marcy is the sole breadwinner for her family, supporting her husband and a 4-year-old son.
Born the eldest of eight children, Marcy asked her younger sister to move in with her to help Marcy run the household and look after her child while she is at work. Marcy regrets that the 12-year-old girl is unable to attend school, but says ‘That’s the only way we could cope’.
Marcy sells tomatoes and onions in a car park in Kitwe, since working outside the market means she doesn’t have to pay levies to the local authorities. She started working less than a year a go, when the new law legalised street trading in Zambia.
She sells vegetable six days a week from Sunday until Friday, working on average 10 hours per day. Marcy says, she starts the day by ‘praying to God to thank him that I am OK and ask for protection’.
With a chance to earn more money, Marcy dreams to buy a good house for her family and open her own clothing boutique, confessing: ‘Since I was born, I always wanted to be a businesswoman’.