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Senegal Clothes

Having spoken with Mikael just before Christmas, he tells us that the tourist season has not been good this year which has resulted in being unable to continue, at present, with his juice bar.  Not only that, the cost of the fruit and food in general has risen substantially and running the juice bar was just proving unprofitable to continue.  However, on a positive note, he is looking into a new business venture, travelling over the border to Senegal.

In Dakar, Senegal –  Secondhand T-shirts, shorts, jeans and dresses are piled high for blocks along the busy streets in Dakar’s Colobane neighborhood, where people buy donated European and American fashions at a fraction of their original price.

Most of the secondhand clothing arrives in gigantic bundles from France, Italy, the U.S. and the U.K. They are sold by the organisations/charities in those countries that receive donations and are sorted before they reach Africa.

Mikael will pick through piles of shorts, t.shirts, trainers etc,  setting aside only those he thinks will bring the most profit when he takes them back over the border to re-sell in his village.

“It will allow me and my family to eat,” he said. “Life is very hard and it’s a new way of making money.”   He’ll l buy cotton shorts for 200 CFA (£0.27) and sell them for 300 CFA (£0.40).



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