Prices of everything in Zimbabwe continue to soar, and many locally produced items have more than doubled in the past two weeks. Butter has gone from $35 a pound to $80. Breakfast cereal from $24 to $61. Sugar from $8 to $12. There is no bread to be found - one of the country's biggest bakeries said "they had stopped production because they had run out of wheat."
At the time of writing, the exchange rate between the new Bond Dollars (Zollars) and US dollars continues to widen - $1US dollar is now $10 Zollars. The official inflation rate is 97%, but in reality the shop prices have increased by 350%. Zimbabwe adopted the "Zollar" in February 2019, although the US dollar also remains in circulation.
Zimbabwe continues to cut electricity for up to 17 hours a day for "austerity measures," leaving thousands of hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and families without access to water, refrigeration or internet.
Kuda Vana continues to count our blessings as we have received the funds to upgrade our solar system, which allows us to be even more self-sufficient. Our next priorities are to expand our primary school and launch a larger agricultural initiative, including a chicken farm, to insulate us from food shortages and soaring prices, and offer a way to sustain our operation. We thank you for any gifts you can make towards these endeavors.
*The information in this article was provided by Cathy Buckle, an author born and living in Zimbabwe.