Welcome To ZCIEA

visit our location:
85 Denbigh Avenue, Belvedere
Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm
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visit our location:
85 Denbigh Avenue, Belvedere
Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm
Send us mail
Phone Number
+263 242 740535



Years Of Serving Zimbabwe Informal Traders


Who we are

The Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations - ZCIEA

is a National Membership driven Organization representing Informal Traders Associations of Zimbabwe. It is made up of the self employed and informal employees engaged in small unregistered or un-incorporated enterprises and undeclared workers.


Decent standards of living for all Zimbabweans in a stable economy.


Alleviating poverty through transforming informal economy activities into mainstream activities.


“ The Chamber That Delivers”

Our Objectives

  • To organize, establish, promote and protect the interest of the informal economy traders in Zimbabwe.
    To foster for democratization of the environment through rights awareness, lobbying and advocacy programmes targeting the rank and file of the Informal Economy Workers.
    To capacitate ZCIEA structures in a manner that enables them to engage authorities at all levels and demand accountability whilst operating proficiently.
    To influence policy formations which will bring about social and economic change whilst providing for the transformation of the Informal Economy activities in Zimbabwe and beyond.

Our Major Developments Since 2002

Major Highlights Since 2002

Signed a memorandum of understanding with ZCTU in 2004 & benefits from it.

Membership acquired broad knowledge on rights awareness and educational programmes.

Structures leadership trained on lobby & advocacy initiatives and organizational results based management.

Developed a culture of transparency and good governance.

The membership of ZCIEA now caters for both the urban and rural population.

Registered as a Trust in 2008

Production of the ZCIEA Rights awareness and Paralegal Manual

ZCIEA promotes the involvement of women, the disabled & youth at high level of decision making bodies and activities.

ZCIEA successfully trained 127 Paralegal officers

Production of the ZCIEA Rights awareness and Paralegal Manual

An affiliate member of StreetNet International & East & Southern Africa focal point for StreetNet.

Production of the ZCIEA Rights awareness and Paralegal Manual

Strengthened and focused organization as a result of apolitical membership mobilization, servicing and recruitment exercises.

Have won 5 court cases for the members trading in Chitungwiza, Gweru, Bulawayo, Triangle & Mutare on issues to do with their trading space.

Managed to facilitate for the allocation of 3 749 low cost housing stands for its members of which 2 853 who have benefited are women.

Developed a tool kit for Mainstreaming Decent Work in the Informal Economy.

Developing sound relationships across structures with councilors, Members of Parliament, Revenue Authorities, Local Authorities, Parliamentary Portfolio committees, Police and Relevant Ministries (SMES, Labour, Women & Gender, Youth & Indigenization).

Launched a National Campaign and Petitioning of the government to review out dated bi-laws and policies affecting the operations of the informal economy. Gathered above 120 000 signatures on the petition forms.

Lobbied for a total of 27 200 market operational places for its membership across the whole country. The beneficiaries were 16 600 were women and 10 600 were men.

Purchased a vehicle in 2011

Establishment of an internal revolving fund scheme which has seen 3 800 members benefiting from the fund so far.

Now seats on the Zimbabwe Occupational Healthy & Safety Board.

Now a committee member of the National Aids Council (NAC)

Have an independent offices with one full time staff (office secretary).

Held 3rd National Elective Congress on 23 and 24 October 2021 Out of 46 Territorial Presidents 29 are women elected at the 2015 National congress (2015 – 2020), 17 are men

ZCIEA successfully set up Women Structure, People With Disability Structure, and Youth Structure

Our History

The organization was founded in 2002 by a group of 22 Informal Traders Associations who desired to have an Apex body for this massive 84% of the Zimbabwean Economy which paradoxically had a weak voice, vulnerable to harassments,  political abuse , no income security and lack of social protection.

This was a direct response to the collapse of formal setups as a result of Economic Structural Adjustment programme (ESAP) which was introduces by the Zimbabwean government in the 1990s. The company closures, retrenchments and the inability of formal structures to absorb the job seekers gave rise to massive expansion of the informal economy.

On seeing the continued marginalization of this sector,  formation of  this Apex body was a result of a tripartite decision by ZCTU (Labour) EMCOZ (Business) and Ministry of Labour (Government).

The objective was to harness these precarious operations and seek means and strategies that will facilitate mainstreaming of the Informal Economy with a view to empowering it socially and economically.

However the direct organizing  and setting up of the structures was spearheaded by Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) which established an informal economy desk for this cause.

To this day ZCIEA works with the ZCTU informal economy desk which plays the advisory role to the organisation.