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Cost of Living in Zambia

Last updated on January 19, 2012

A) Cost of Basic Food Items

Commodity Kwacha
Mealie meal32,400
Beans4,300
Kapenta35,000
Dry Fish12,000
Meat (Mixed Cut)7,600
Eggs 1 unit3,200
Vegetable (Greens)1,400
Tomato2,200
Onion2,300
Milk2,300
Cooking Oil11,400
Bread1,500
Sugar2,550
Salt1,250
Tea (Leaves)5,000

B) Cost of Essential Non-Food Items

Commodity Kwacha
Charcoal14,000
Soap (Lifebuoy)800
Wash Soap (Paste)2,000
Jelly3,200
Electricity75,000
Water (Medium Density)25,000
Housing (Medium Density)350,000

C) Some Other Additional Costs (Include personal care, clothing, recreation)

Item Kwacha
Education (per year-PTA)
   PrimaryK20,000 – K30,000
   SecondaryK75,000 – K185,000
Health (monthly scheme per person)K1,500
Transport Bus Fare round trip:
  Chilenje – TownK 2,000
  Chelston – TownK 2,800
  Matero – TownK 1,600

D) Some Comparative Figures of Wages – “Take Home Pay”

ProfessionSalary
Teacher (Primary)K280,000 – K309,000
Teacher (Secondary)K297,000 – K497,000
Secretary in civil ServiceK270,000 – K370,000
NurseK250,000 – K320,000
Police OfficerK120,000-K300,000
Security GuardK40,000-K180,000

This survey was conducted on 29 May 2002 by the Economic and Social Development Research Project of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection.  Average prices were calculated on the basis of prices gathered from large retail shops at Northmead, Town Centre and Soweto Market, Chainda, Kabwata, Matero and schools, clinics/ hospitals around Lusaka.

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