In Zambia street vending is for many a matter of survival. As the unemployment is sky high it is the only option for the jobless to be able to have an income and support their families. Our government came into power last year on the promise of “more money in your pocket”, so when street vending was banned a while back and there was a public outcry the ban was soon withdrawn (as government also realized that these are their main supporters, better keep them happy). But from then on it has simply gone out of hand. The sidewalks are in some places nearly impassable as the vendors comfortably lay out their goods and leave little more than a narrow path for people to walk. And as the end of the day draws near the vendors completely take over the streets turning a two lane road into a narrow one lane with goods such as vegetables, bread, live chickens, grilled maize etc being sold on both sides. The morning after all you see is the mess left behind for the street sweepers to clean up. Peals, plastics, ash from burnt out fires, droppings/feathers from chickens… Still I can’t help but to see it as a sign that people are not only desperate, but willing to be innovative, and work hard to make ends meet. Everybody has become entrepreneurs for the sake of putting food on the table. If only all this effort was put into something sustainable that would create long term rather than short term solutions.For now the street business is the sole income for thousands of people but once again the government has implemented a ban and people will be chased off the streets. The problem is that this won’t simply sort out the issue. What people need are real jobs and the security that it brings, so that we can walk in the streets without stepping on somebody’s dried fish, tomatoes, onions, fruit, sweets, sunglasses, batteries, dvd’s, books, shoes, toothpaste, ear rings, plastic toys….. you get the picture!