Tanzania empowers youth with tailoring skills as East Africa ban on used clothes, shoes nears

by Xinhua

Tanzania garment factory (March 6, 2009). Photo: BBC World Service
Tanzania garment factory (March 6, 2009). Local textile industries have suffered severely from the low-cost competition of  second-hand textiles which are collected in more developed countries and sold abroad.  Photo: BBC World Service (Click to see larger photo.)

East African countries including Tanzania imported 151 million dollars worth of second-hand clothing last year, most of which were collected by charities and recyclers in Europe and North America.