They sit on wooden stumps placed 2 meters from the busy tarmac; their bare feet dipped in maize husks. Before them a wire mesh rests on a rusty car ream filled with charcoal. Aboard the mesh lies tantalisingly roasted maize that many a passer-by fail resist.
So at K2000 per day and with the K4000 or so over the football days, the women make about K60000 a month that is more than an average college graduate earns in Malawi and what if we add the K12500 that was banked? Surely these are not average women.
Eunice wonders why the authorities do not licence them or make them produce documents of where they get their maize.
Malawi is a conservative country and many men would be irked or even be angered into battery with the two’s action why did they break the taboo of waiting from a man and brave the business world themselves?
Asked what can be done to them to make them leave the maize roasting business, the women all agree that only old age can suffice.