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Traders in times of covid-19: "My reality doesn't allow me to stay at home"

The covid-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on countries' economies and development. While for some staying at home for weeks at a time is not a problem, for others the urgency of finding a job or maintaining job stability that they already have speaks louder.

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This is the case of André Filovumo, a commercial manager, who cannot afford to stay at home because he runs the risk of losing his only source of income.

"My reality doesn't allow me to stay at home," the commercial manager begins by telling VerAngola, adding that despite the fear, the danger is somehow contained since he is the only one in the family to leave home

Aware of the consequences of the coronavirus, André reveals that he only leaves home to work and shop and that when he does so he takes all the necessary precautions. "I have a support car, I avoid walking on public transport, I wear a mask, I spray and disinfect in the car and at home," he explains.

But the day-to-day life of the shopkeepers has not been easy. André says sales have dropped substantially because "most of the customers are from the interior of the country and with the borders closed" it becomes more complicated to drain the products.

In addition, demand for agricultural materials has also declined, with "the only thing still sold being back sprays because they help combat covid-19".

Admitting that the priorities at the moment are focused on health, the commercial manager was somewhat optimistic. With this new reality he had to adopt new strategies which, in his eyes, are positive. "We have started to make online sales and home deliveries and I believe it is a method that has come to facilitate and stay," he said, stressing that he has been making sales through the uiza site - a platform for advertising the sale and purchase of agricultural products.

As for the measures adopted by the executive and the state of emergency, André said he agreed as long as they safeguard "the life of the population".

"We are fighting against an invisible enemy, so I can't criticize the government, every day are new discoveries", he concluded.