Many marketeer in Zambia never graduated from school, forced to start working at an early age to help to support their families. This means that a large part of market traders and street vendors is unable to read, write or do the basic math, essential for their business.
War on Want NGO and their Zambian partner organisation AZIEA offer market traders free literacy and numeracy classes, held twice a week at a local primary school.
The classes are designed specifically for market traders, who learn to calculate profit and loss and rehearse dialogues that explain where they work and what they sell.
The classes are aimed at women, many of whom return to education having previously left school to get married and have children. The school is an incredibly inspiring and friendly environment, with gils supporting each other in this new important step in their personal development.