Many informal traders have been hit hard by Covid-19 for the past few weeks. Onkabetswe Mampuru (30) is one of the informal traders whose business has taken a knock over by the pandemic.
Onkabetswe said despite selling essential foods, lockdown continue to impact their business in a negative way. He said this is hard times for small business, precisely for those who trading in the rural area.
“As street vendor, Coronavirus made our customers to panic in buying our products. They fear for their health. Some customers have a bad feeling that our products might be unclean,” said Onkabetswe.
With schools suspension, Onkabetswe business struggles because his stall is nearby school and his target is learners.
““I chose the place because is closer to the school, which made things a lot easier for me, learners would pass by to buy before going to school, even after school,” he said.
Onkabetswe said small business became more vulnerable during this difficult time.
“We cannot talk about profit this time around. We are just selling,” he explained.
He said he sells clean products saying his stall is always clean to ensure people to buy at health environment.
“As business owner, we noticed how this pandemic affected us but we are trying everything we can to survive,” Onkabetswe explained.