A loan of $675 helped to purchase additional stock of used clothing in bulk.


Laheli's story

Mambo from Mbeya, Tanzania! This is 30 year old Laheli N.. She is married and has four children aged one, three, six, and eight. In 2002, Laheli established her second-hand clothing business. Laheli has already received and successfully repaid one loan from SELFINA, and now requires a new loan to purchase additional stock of used clothing in bulk. She thanks you for your support.



Second-hand clothes journey across the oceans from America and Europe and are then washed, ironed, and sold in bulk by wholesalers in Dar es Salaam. Retailers then re-wash and re-iron them for sale on the streets of Dar es Salaam and the surrounding towns and villages. These clothes are becoming increasingly popular, especially amongst the younger generation because of their low cost and the general appeal of anything western or modern. Some argue that the popularity of the West’s cast-offs is damaging the local cloth and garment industry. There are many people who still appreciate the beauty of traditional Tanzanian dress, however, the growing market in used clothing and its importance to many micro-entrepreneurs cannot be denied.


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