Callisto Jokonya stands in the cavernous factory of Imperial Refrigeration and recalls the halcyon days.

In the 1990s, his factory, located in the Zimbabwean capital Harare, was buzzing.

It had a workforce of 350 people, who cranked out 20,000 refrigerators per year.

Today, the company employs just 50 people, and annual output is just 1,000 units.

Weeds grow outside many of the buildings in the surrounding industrial area. Some of the factories have been mothballed for years.

“Just that tells you what sanctions are,” Jokonya told AFP.

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