McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)
HARARE, Zimbabwe — On a typical workday, Lovemore Vambe will make dozens of clandestine phone calls that lead to a handful of illegal transactions. He'll conspire with colleagues, sidestep police or bribe them if necessary, and come home in the evening with a few dollars in his pocket.
That's enough to make the rent and keep his eldest child in boarding school. In Zimbabwe's free-falling economy, the slight, mustachioed 31-year-old holds a rare steady job: He's a money dealer on Harare's thriving black market, helping Zimbabweans trade foreign currency for their increasingly worthless local cash.