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second-hand clothes
  • Kenya’s second-hand clothes imports rose to Sh27.8 billion in the one year to March 2024. 
  • The second-hand clothes trade has thrived over the years and has since attracted traders from China, Kenya’s top source market, to set base in Gikomba
  • The Mitumba Consortium Association of Kenya recently noted that the number of people venturing into the sector is increasing at a fast pace

The demand for second-hand clothes (mitumba) in the Kenya is on the rise, as more people, mostly from the informal sector, opt for the relatively low-cost commodity.

Picturing this is the latest quarterly data by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), which shows the value of mitumba imports by traders rose to Sh27.8 billion in the one year to March 2024.  This is from Sh20.9 billion in the previous year, representing a 33 per cent jump.

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Kenya's textile industry

A recent report has revealed that the ban on second-hand clothing, also known as mitumba, might not enhance Kenya’s textile industry as previously anticipated. The report commissioned by the Mitumba Consortium Association of Kenya (MCAS) on the Second-Hand Clothing Industry in the East Africa Community has cautioned against protectionism towards importing second-hand clothing.…