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Clothes seller lands a fortune at Kibera’s Toi - 10 months ago, 16 Apr 16:35

By: Daniel Mbugua

In 2003, months after completing her diploma in business management at the Nairobi Institute of Business Studies, Emma Wairimu Kamotho was unable to find a job. She thus decided to start selling clothes with Sh25,000 capital, but today she makes Sh300,000 profit a month. “I shared the idea with my parents, who offered to support me with the starting capital. What drove me was the need to support myself and cut the dependency on my parents,” Ms Kamotho says. “With the money, I went to Gikomba market and bought clothes worth Sh25,000. I then became a roadside clothes seller at Toi Market ( in Nairobi’s Kibera area).” Her decision to venture into the secondhand clothes market was driven by the fact that most Kenyans buy such clothes rather than new ones. Data show that Kenya is the largest buyer of used clothes in East Africa, with imports totalling $124 million ...
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