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Mitumba (second hand) clothing


Date Posted: 3/12/2012 6:32:17 AM

Posted By: SimonMburu  Membership Level: Silver  Total Points: 838

Mitumba, is a re-known name in the Kenyan clothing market for secondhand clothing. The cloths started to dominate the market towards the end of 1980's and at the beginning of the 1990's, these secondhand cloths came from America and some European countries whereby they were sent to Africa for the purpose of helping curb the craving poverty levels across the continent.

Nowadays most African countries depend on this cloths which have helped to ease the harsh poverty conditions. The cloths are now the remedy for many Kenyans when it comes to fashion as they are durable and cheap, plus they come in different styles and designs making a wide variety to choose from when it comes to taste and preference.

The mitumba industry has also become a source of employment for many Kenyans in urban centers and in some parts of the rural areas, the biggest beneficiaries of these cloths are people who live beyond poverty level since they can't afford to buy a new attires from the shops. For the past two decades, we have observed how these cloths have dressed the nation smart despite the levels of poverty from every angle. The disadvantage is that it (mitumba industry) kills the market for locally manufactured cloths which are supposed to be our source of revenue and foreign exchange.

The other disadvantage which is minor is the spread of skin diseases, the cloths are known to spread various skin complexities, therefore the cloths must be washed thoroughly with disinfectants before use especially for inner garments to prevent the spread of these diseases.

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