The Zimbabwean economy has been under severe pressure for many years now and this has resulted in many of the 13 million Zimbabweans seeking a better life outside of the country. Those who have migrated and are able to earn a living in other countries, such as in Botswana, are sending money home to their families left behind for several reasons. For example, to provide support to their loved ones to purchase food; pay for school fees and other household expenses; sending money for building houses, starting businesses and in some cases to cover emergencies like funerals or medical treatment.
Many (36%) of the focus group respondents have lived in Botswana for more than ten years. A further 27% said that they have been in Botswana for between five and ten years.