September 24, 2012
How much mobile phone airtime street vendors earn a month: $ 4,550
Amai Blessing is not a street vendor anymore. She’s an authorized Econet dealer.
“I was a vendor, selling at the shops, but now things have changed. My business is growing” she told us. From selling an average 400 airtime cards a day as a street vendor, Amai Blessing says now she sells between 3,000 and 4,000 cards a day.
If we take 3,500 as the average number of cards she sells a day, this means she makes about $175 a day (3,500 cards x 5 cents). which gives her give us a monthly figure of $4,550.
To put her income in context, for a tech manager for a very large international NGO in Zimbabwe, gross salary wasn’t even half of her airtime business.
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