1. Home
  2. Africa

August | The Drought Diaries: Ganda Farayi, Zimbabwe

Portrait of Ganda Farayi, Harare metro
Ganda Farayi in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe (TNH)

Ganda Farayi, Forklift operator

“It is going to be a long, tough month for me.”

Ganda's story

Ganda Farayi lives in Chitungwiza, a satellite town 30 kilometres southeast of the capital, Harare. He works as a forklift driver for a company in the city’s Workington industrial area, a job he’s held since 1982.

Ganda is married to Maria and they have four children – two that are in secondary school and two that have finished school. The family depends on his income of ZWL4200 ($262) although Maria also rears chicken for sale from time to time.

Ganda says the greatest challenge is the ever-rising prices of basic goods and services. His salary leaves him with just enough to cover the barest of essentials.

“In order that I can afford to pay school fees for my children who are in boarding in school we have had to cut out many other needs like meat, which we now only eat on special occasions,” he says. “The economic situation is dire.”

Ganda owns his home so the family doesn’t pay rent.

Go back to the main page, or meet the other families:

Share this article

Hundreds of thousands of readers trust The New Humanitarian each month for quality journalism that contributes to more effective, accountable, and inclusive ways to improve the lives of people affected by crises.

Our award-winning stories inform policymakers and humanitarians, demand accountability and transparency from those meant to help people in need, and provide a platform for conversation and discussion with and among affected and marginalised people.

We’re able to continue doing this thanks to the support of our donors and readers like you who believe in the power of independent journalism. These contributions help keep our journalism free and accessible to all.

Show your support as we build the future of news media by becoming a member of The New Humanitarian. 

Become a member of The New Humanitarian

Support our journalism and become more involved in our community. Help us deliver informative, accessible, independent journalism that you can trust and provides accountability to the millions of people affected by crises worldwide.

Join