Emerging causes of street vending in Kalulushi ward of the copperbelt province, Zambia
Happy C Nsakanya, Dr. William Phiri
The main purpose of the study was to establish emerging causes of street vending in Kalulushi Ward of the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. For this purpose, 50 street vendors were purposively chosen as the study sample. In the same vein, a descriptive research design was used. Data were collected using questionnaires, interviews and content analysis from documents of local government policies. Furthermore, the data collected were analyzed using themes and subthemes and excel sheets in order to generate graphs, tables and relevant descriptive statistics. In essence, the study found that majority people engage in street vending due to unemployment, attaining high profits margins as a result of selling in streets where tax avoidance is prominent and due to lack of market infrastructure. With this in mind, the study recommended government and other stake holders to create conducive policy environment in order to spur entrepreneurship especially in rural areas. The study further suggested to government through the public-Private Partnership model to lower the cost of doing business in sustainable sectors such as agriculture, and tourism, thereby creating more jobs especially for the youths.