As Christmas approaches, Zimbabweans in South Africa are preparing to send groceries to families battling inflation at home.
Inflation in Zimbabwe is at nearly 21% a year according to the latest statistics from the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency.
The July 30 elections after the fall of Robert Mugabe, who had ruled the country for close to four decades, were expected to bring a change to the economy. But six months later not much has changed for many households.
Many Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa are members of grocery clubs to which they contribute all year round. The clubs buy groceries in bulk, taking advantage of special offers in supermarkets, and at the end of November or in the first week of December the groceries are shared out. Some consumers save for Black Friday and ask employers to release them earlier from work or they take a day off for shopping.
Groceries often sent home include cooking oil, sugar, rice and washing powder.