June 4

The End of Secondhand Clothes

By Allan Olingo, Kabona Esiara

At Kampala’s sprawling Owino market, Millicent Mukwezi opens up a bundle of secondhand clothes while her assistant keeps an eye on the buyers eagerly rifling through in search of bargains.

Mukwezi buys the clothing from a trader in the Ugandan capital who imports them from the United States and takes them to the market to sell. She favors U.S. clothing because the quality is reliable. The prices are good, too—a secondhand Adidas sweatshirt sells for 60,000 Ugandan shillings (about $16), a fraction of what a new one would cost.

Photo courtesy of Dan King.

Source: Foreign Policy (link opens in a new window)

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