(24 Dec 2010)
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13th October, 2010, Nairobi, Kenya.
1. Wide shot of second hand clothes market.
2. Various establishing shots of Carol, a South African residing in Kenya.
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Carol, a South African residing in Kenya.
"I think I get more value for my money, with shopping here, so I can buy more items here and I save."
4. Various shots of second hand clothes market.
5. Various establishing shots Sister Emily, Nairobi resident.
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sister Emily, Nairobi resident.
"It's so cheap because whatever you want you can get it at a fair price so it helps us to save money, as a student you know you have to save money for yourself so that's why I have loved this and come here."
7. Various establishing of Jane Munyau a Kenyan designer and exhibition officer.
8. SOUNDBITE: (English), Jane Munyau a Kenyan designer and exhibition officer.
"What we are appealing from our government is to tell them to ban those clothes from entering our country. We don't need them because they are making our economy very bad, 'cos like now I am losing business because of those clothes. So, what I can tell the government is if they are bringing them they should give them for free and they should put a mark for our people to understand and to have the note of knowing from outside when they bring them here, when importing they are going to take them to the poor people, to the people who have no clothes at a free price not selling them, giving them for free, as a donation."
9. Various of customers at Jane Munyau's exhibition.
10. Various of shots of Jane Munyau's design ware.
11. Various establishing of Peter a second hand clothes wholesaler.
12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Peter, a second hand clothes wholesaler:
"Kenyans do prefer these second hand clothes because their texture is sometimes better than the locally made (ones), because when you purchase these second hand clothes, they stay longer than the locally made (ones) as the locally made textures are poor or sometimes they are made in a way, simply made."
Nairobi, Kenya, 14th October, 2010
13. Various shots Kiko Romeo designers working on their design wares.
14. Various establishing shots of Ann McCreath, founder and head designer at Kiko Romeo.
15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ann McCreath, founder and head designer at Kiko Romeo:
"For me I think within the African scene one of the biggest challenges as a fashion designer is that we are lacking high enough quality fabric to make great end products to export globally and so, we often find ourselves importing West African textiles which are of much higher quality in terms of cotton prints at a very high duty rate and that's makes our pricing uncompetitive and I would happily buy a suitable, local alternative but I can not find the quality I want."
16. Various shots of Ann McCreath, founder and head designer at Kiko Romeo.
17. Various shots Kiko Romeo designers working on their design wares
The second hand clothing business in Kenya is thriving - but at what cost?
Some designers say the cast offs from richer nations are damaging local trade.
The second hand clothing business, which found its way into Africa in the late seventies and early eighties, is still booming in Kenya today.
'Mitumba' is the term used to refer to second-hand clothes. When translated into English it means onslaught.
Many foreigners become bewildered when they see traders place hundreds of garments anywhere from on the ground to little windowless shops or cardboard makeshift tables in the hope of making quick money from selling cheaply acquired garb.
Buyers blame the quality of local textiles and fabric.
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