Senegal's Second Hand Clothing Boom

  • Published on Sep 8, 2016
  • Global Thrift Store (2014): In Senegal, cotton fields stretch as far as the eye can see. Yet this natural wealth is increasingly overlooked in favour of used foreign imports as the country experiences a boom in second-hand trading from Europe.
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    "The French throw these clothes away? Really? They throw them away?" Fatou Dia, an employee at one of Senegal's second-hand sorting centres, is surprised to learn the origin of their stock. The country is experiencing a boom in second-hand trading, and separating unwanted garments enables Fatou to equip her daughter with school supplies. "I'm buying it little by little. I buy one thing, and then the next thing the next month. In this way, I manage". What is a lifeline to some is a business opportunity to others. "As far as wealth is concerned, human beings are never sated. Because he who does not have his own house is nothing". For Aliou Diallo, this cheap European clothing was a route to a better life. But in a country whose textile industry is rapidly disappearing from view, are these new imports doing more harm than good?
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Comments • 594

  • Carmindy Stevens
    Carmindy Stevens 9 days ago

    I don't understand why all these countries with the second hand clothes aren't using the remnants and items no one wants and stuffing them into mattresses frames? Or cutting them up and sewing them into blankets?? Is no one else thinking this?? You can even use clothing to repair areas of the island where the rocks are-- put the clothes over the rocks, cover with dirt, the weeds etc will grow over and the roots will grow into the clothing layers creating a living wall. They could be using the clothing as stuffing inside walls to create insulation. And why is no one weaving strips of fabric into rugs?! They have all these bare dirt floors and they could be essentially making their own carpets. The problem is not resources-- it's resourcefulness.

  • T Bloem
    T Bloem 9 days ago +1

    In Europe and the USA etc they also sell clothes and shoes in shops, that were donated. This is nothing new!!

  • June Rosa
    June Rosa 14 days ago

    I was dating a guy his family was from Senegal 🇸🇳 but the cape verdean ppl.

  • ocripcurrent
    ocripcurrent 14 days ago

    Ahhh... the glory of Capitalism. One day it will fall...

  • Clubbin Mag
    Clubbin Mag 14 days ago

    Wait a min!.. so you telling me.. they pick the cotton there.. ship it to France, they make clothes, wear the clothes, throw the clothes away, and sell it back to the Africans! Hell naw! Why not make the clothes and sell them to the French ?

  • Clubbin Mag
    Clubbin Mag 14 days ago +1

    But us Africans gotta stop having soooo many babies! Get together, get educated, start business, And get money!

  • Clubbin Mag
    Clubbin Mag 14 days ago

    The young businessman is smart enough not to buy fancy clothes for himself to wear like a CONGO DANDY (look em up) he opted to buy land, and build a house... not only get a house, but go further and put solar panels on it! Employing several others & paying them all well.. All this from starting his own business!
    Way to go young man! We should all teach our kids how to CAPITALIZE..

    • Clubbin Mag
      Clubbin Mag 14 days ago

      And he has a good looking wife too! Gone then lil main!

  • Baiba E
    Baiba E 24 days ago

    God bless this wise mother who is eager to educate all her children, I salute her!! Little by little and the country will be full of educated people and develop, I really wish that to Senegal and whole Africa!!

  • Baiba E
    Baiba E 24 days ago

    60 euros a month electricity bill in Senegal?! That's crazy, me alone in Spain find it expensive!

  • Robert Caffrey
    Robert Caffrey 26 days ago

    The fashion/clothing industry is the worlds biggest polluter. Cheap labor in Asian sweat shops ensures that the narcissistic demand for fast cheap fashion will keep coming from week to week unlike in the past it was season to season. There is so much product being produced for the worlds fashion victims that it has become common to have second hand shops in the west of Europe selling brand new items of clothing still with their tags on them at second hand prices. Planet Earth is almost dead R.i.P .

  • SURFACES for Mural Visionaries

    Very cool! About 15minutes in, that’s a smart man. 12:40 ...that man had an important message to say.

  • Service Dogs
    Service Dogs 27 days ago

    A website might be good. Idea . I am plus size and live on disability I’ve been looking for a winter coat for three months now a new one is way too expensive and goodwill even though they still charged $20 which is around my price range it’s hard to find the size I need. And quite frankly I hate giving them my business . I’m visually impaired myself and goodwill recently got in the hot water for paying a blind worker $.40 an hour because they’re considered a sheltered work shop then they can use that to get around the minimum wage laws . But when you can’t afford new clothes and you don’t have a winter coat and it’s snowing you start to change your mind a little bit .
    The website would definitely be the way to go set it up like the neighborhood website that way you can put in the search parameters put in the item that you need it have the strike price controls on the website there you go this way you know where your clothes are going and you know that they’re not being sold or used in any other manner they’re going to the person that needs them .

  • Swift Allan
    Swift Allan Month ago

    Irritating... Half french... Don't understand

  • KONTEN Positif
    KONTEN Positif Month ago

    What language use in senegal?

  • Rebecca Lynn Tanner

    Goodwill industries isnt a non profit anymore...the salvation army uses the clothes and goods sold at our stores to rehab drug addicts and alcoholics and help them find a new life.We help them get housing,a job and the skills to remain free from substance abuse.The things donated to us are not wasted.Our leaders also do not make huge salaries like goodwills do.The give up their lives to serve their communities and dont own the cars or homes they live in.

  • James Kennedy
    James Kennedy Month ago +1

    (WOW) The Chinese again, coming in and really messing everything up. The arrogance of (CHINA) should not be tolerated. They should throw the Chinese out and all of it's business. Just my opinion, don't mean much.

  • grim reaper
    grim reaper Month ago

    Been to Senegal once and their food is simply the BEST

  • Roy Gee
    Roy Gee Month ago

    where can i purchase the bales from. in bulk. can you give me some contacts, phone numbers, or emails.

  • Tarik Jahid
    Tarik Jahid Month ago

    i was there , i lived 10 years in senegal , like a dream to me today, i v used to buy clothes from coloban market too , they ve better clothes than the new imported clothes

  • Heather Gray
    Heather Gray Month ago

    This is why I no longer give to intentional charities and only donate to the Maryland School for the Blind...which my younger brother attended for over fifteen years. Screw the corrupt governments and screw the few lucky men who are able to get rich from misusing the gifts that were meant to be given to their fellow countrymen and not sold with the money going into their pockets. Everyone is out for themselves and if they don't care about their own people why the hell should any of us?
    These countries have to get their act together and build a sustainable country that cares for it's own people. If we keep throwing money at every poor country, they will always expect us to take care of them. We have our own problems and plenty of Americans need the help just as much as their people.
    I'm sorry that anyone has to suffer but when it comes down to it some people are always going to be bottom feeders who contribute nothing but too much of their DNA while they and their offspring drain the resources of their communities. Survival of the fittest should be the law of the land at some point.

  • Heather Gray
    Heather Gray Month ago

    Their government gives unskilled workers a subsidiary they receive with their paycheck. In most of the world not having any skills is your problem and you either do whatever you have to do to get the skills you need or you live on what you can earn with the skills you do have.
    What they need is access to birth control. Then they could stop having children they can't afford and don't want.

  • Wolfgang  Kleinert
    Wolfgang Kleinert Month ago

    People buy second hand clothes in the Germany too! Why do they have so many children despite of their poverty? Countries with a high birth rate are always poor countries.

  • Ian H.
    Ian H. Month ago

    Senegal used to have a vibrant footwear manufacturing industry making traditional Senegalese slippers. Then the Chinese showed up, copied them and destroyed Senegal’s industry. Now the Chinese have fuller bellies.

  • unguidedone
    unguidedone 2 months ago

    its just disgusting to see people forcing children into islam

  • Iam Lost
    Iam Lost 2 months ago +2

    Here in somaliland we call it (who’s dead) clothes

  • Sam LSD
    Sam LSD 2 months ago

    Haahaha look at the whtie puppet; they take the cotton out of Africa, and throw the garbage into Africa. The Africans are paid far less wages for the cotton, and charged for the garbage they are thrown out.
    Absolutely pathetic world we live in.Whites are the evil of the world.They make 7 fucking million Euro out of garbage, out of Africans.This is absolutely degrading for humanity.

  • Sam LSD
    Sam LSD 2 months ago

    The closer the Africa country to Arabs and Euro land, the most exploited it is.The most extorted it is by these maggots whites and Arabs,

  • Sam LSD
    Sam LSD 2 months ago

    This is why I would rather throw my cloths out in the garbage than giving it to these donation boxes.
    People in America should stop buying excessive shit! Holly fucking shit they are selling your garbage and making 7million fucking Euro from the poor!
    Fucking white selfish fuckers!!!!!

  • Sam LSD
    Sam LSD 2 months ago

    7million fucking Euro fron an African market.
    That says a lot about whites.

  • Sam LSD
    Sam LSD 2 months ago

    When Europ/Americans run out of American money, they will go to Afirica and take the money from the people that don't have it.... Instead of giving it free, they sell it. Fucking white people.

  • Gorgoroth Bergen
    Gorgoroth Bergen 2 months ago

    Disgusting, now i realised all the clothes given to charity ends... no it is unbelievable.

  • MotoAtheist
    MotoAtheist 2 months ago

    Poor as fuck, but has 6 damn children!!! Let's just keep the poverty cycle going... pump out as many children as they can to keep the flow of slave labor.

  • Rocky Disaster
    Rocky Disaster 2 months ago

    In India we but second hard clothes though not on large scale bt we do as well.>>>>>>>>>

  • Anar Chy
    Anar Chy 2 months ago

    they are poor ... but they have 6 children each .......... well done.

  • LeadBlastin22
    LeadBlastin22 2 months ago +2

    Hi, My name is Chewbacca from Senegal, I make 150 Euros a month tossing clothes into a basket and yet still decide to have 6 kids which I can't afford to feed or shelter.. UNREAL

  • B S
    B S 2 months ago

    This is like flee markets in Serbia. Second hand clothes everywhere...

  • Lucy
    Lucy 2 months ago

    I bet they have some awesome vintage pieces in there.

  • Lucy
    Lucy 2 months ago

    I learned about this in an economic anthropology class in college

  • matt k
    matt k 2 months ago

    cant watch this shit with filthy euro french language they speak

  • Bounty Sarr
    Bounty Sarr 2 months ago

    🇸🇳🇬🇲 much love

  • me me
    me me 2 months ago

    Still not clear why they have so many children yet. Just do a control of birthrate. Ask the UN to bring free condoms for everyone.

  • Renata Dračková
    Renata Dračková 2 months ago

    Can somebody help me to find or if somebody knows whats the name of the workshop/ company in the video, which is weaving cotton from Senegal?

  • Aroma2
    Aroma2 2 months ago

    Second hand shops are common through out Europe too.

  • BenjaminCouwenberg PhilosophersStonedTube

    why does one need 6 children ffs

  • red headed stepchild
    red headed stepchild 2 months ago

    Stop having babies !!!
    Stop having babies !!!
    You are covered in rags !! Rags !!!
    Stop having babies
    You are beggars

  • Micheal Kelly
    Micheal Kelly 2 months ago

    Amazing determination and drive from all interviewed

  • Vanessa Larik
    Vanessa Larik 2 months ago

    18:07 where can i find his mixtape ???

  • t3b0g0
    t3b0g0 2 months ago +1

    everyone dresses well in this town

  • Clint Wolf
    Clint Wolf 2 months ago

    Very interesting documentary. Thanks.

  • Tom Sawyer
    Tom Sawyer 2 months ago

    A 28 years old African man working and running his own business in such condition and living a comfortable life with his family. The same could apply in America, but the Black in the state decide to collect warfare while the Chinee bring the businesses in their neighborhood and make money off of them sad but true

    ROBIN D CHILDS 2 months ago +6

    You learn something new every day. Absolutely beautiful!

  • Filbert TECK&CHEA
    Filbert TECK&CHEA 2 months ago

    Do check out for Used Clothing export!

  • Latheefa
    Latheefa 2 months ago

    Very nice

  • Nick Burkitt
    Nick Burkitt 2 months ago

    I literally and genuinely hate the continent africa... England abandoned their colonies cause theyre not profitable oh the joy in my heart when china and india realizes they also will fail. maybe not though they dont need to worry about inferior SJW beings shrieking SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR AFRICA at the chinese business's taking over.... marvel at what blm acts like theyre so proud of.. Go on marvel at it... Kangz in their natural environment... You wont see snoop dog or yg or anyone like that who hate trump and LUVV BEING KAYYYNGZ actually doing anything positive for africa... the world would be so much better if countries just cared about themselves not trying to force a first world life on those who CLEARLY don't want it

  • CheezPegasus Network
    CheezPegasus Network 2 months ago

    wHAT AM i TAKING fUCKING crazy pills??? HELLO???
    fabric,nutrition,building material{highly suitable for climate btw}
    Medicine ect..... We are suffering from mass collective amnesia!!! wake up !!!!
    the infrastructure is lying around, the crop grows itself and is endlessly renewable!!


  • Shrivatsan K Chari
    Shrivatsan K Chari 3 months ago

    This video can be a great introduction to economy for school kids

  • Spesh
    Spesh 3 months ago

    what in da fuckkk am I watching

  • Fort Road
    Fort Road 3 months ago

    That 28 year old is amazing, to come from nothing to where he's at is extremely impressive.

  • Jamal Labarge
    Jamal Labarge 3 months ago

    Good for them! We have lots of second hand clothing stores in the US.
    We also buy rejects from factories. They have small blemishes but are easy to pass as used clothing.

    STREET TALK BALTIMORE 3 months ago

    Hey 28 and he's running shyt good for him.

  • Floofi Floof
    Floofi Floof 3 months ago +1

    Here where I live there is a Christian second hand branch store, you donate your clothes or other things and they sell it in their stores for a really cheap price. I always donate my stuff there, because I believe in re-using. Even though I got money to buy completely new clothes, I always first go to that store :)

  • Derek Allan Elj
    Derek Allan Elj 3 months ago

    red silk cotton tree seeds bombax ceiba seeds nectar honey silky cotton fiber nectar and pollen

    • Derek Allan Elj
      Derek Allan Elj 3 months ago

      silky cotton fiber aphrodisiac nectar and pollen

    • Derek Allan Elj
      Derek Allan Elj 3 months ago

      Princess+ silk+cotton+ cotton+red+

    • Derek Allan Elj
      Derek Allan Elj 3 months ago

      silk cotton tree seeds cotton red foliated gossypium hirsutum seeds

  • Gary L
    Gary L 3 months ago

    Why bother with developing an indigenous Africa clothing industry ,or any industry at all for that matter, when one can buy cheap second hand crap from
    the West or work for Chinese Overlords? Keep Africans poor and dependent (except, of course , for the tiny educated middle class and the elites).
    It used to be called IMPERIALISM & COLONIALISM. Now its called "global capitalism"=SAME DIFFERENCE.

  • MattVon Scruger
    MattVon Scruger 3 months ago

    Why do this African monkeys so many childrens? Fucking hell stop it

  • Evie
    Evie 3 months ago

    6:19 donated a dog too lol

  • Shernette Layne
    Shernette Layne 3 months ago

    I'd really like to get a hold of some of those bulks of clothes. So many needy people in my country

  • magnus sean
    magnus sean 3 months ago +1

    The french bluntly assassinating the Senegalese textile industry....smh.

  • Abhijit Kashyap
    Abhijit Kashyap 3 months ago

    I can't even begin to explain how impressed I am with this documentary. Despite being an African country (please note that there is no racism in my tone while saying so), there are no cliches present of stupid and mindless fighting, drug abuse, civil wars, et al. Just a bunch of people who are going about their regular lives and making an earnest effort every day to better their lives and carve out a honest and decent future like any other people around the world or, perhaps even better. Thank you for bringing forth a highly civilized side of Africa.
    I wish you all the best wishes that I can gather my Senegalese brothers. And much love and appreciation to you all for setting an example of simple living and high thinking for the rest of the world to emulate.
    - From India.

  • kolera xyz
    kolera xyz 3 months ago

    1:00 she got a beautiful smile.

  • Random Person
    Random Person 3 months ago

    I find it insane that a person would rather where a second hand brand name shirt than a brand new no brand name shirt for the same price.

    • Lucy
      Lucy 2 months ago

      I don't but then again i like vintage clothes made in the USA and not China crap.


    worldwide where is NO 100% charity on anything. the costs are very high. sooner of later money HAS to be involved. i live in greece in a city called volos. i do this full time to help people in need. i HAVE to ask for a symbolic sum, p.e. 1 euro every 100 pieces of clothing given to someone. no way for me to keep doing what i;m doing without this money.

  • Jesus c
    Jesus c 3 months ago

    Those blacks are great at picking cotton

  • MsPaze Moore
    MsPaze Moore 3 months ago

    What language are they speaking, Wolof? It doesn't sound like French.

  • SJ
    SJ 3 months ago +1

    CHARITY BREEDS POVERTY! Time to help people help themselves.

  • SJ
    SJ 3 months ago

    Lazy people get into these situations. Why not clean up at least? Agree with Ingrid RS

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    Indemental Media 3 months ago

    Indemental Media Group wants to send American dollars to you for REAL need address Indemental Media Group 2502 Shangrila Trail Columbia, Tn 38401

  • LeTechPreneur
    LeTechPreneur 3 months ago

    Very insightful documentary!

  • Richard Graham
    Richard Graham 3 months ago

    They are getting 250 Euros a month plus another 60 Euros a month plus they have all their medical expenses paid, and they are trying to say they are on a low wage! You have to be taking the piss right? I bet half of Africa would give their eye teeth for that type of setup. What is the average monthly wage in Senegal then?

  • Brandon Simpson
    Brandon Simpson 3 months ago

    Fascinating! The resilience of the entrepreneurs in this doc was awe inspiring!

  • leinaddf
    leinaddf 3 months ago

    and these are the cloathes you give charities

  • mit mumo
    mit mumo 3 months ago

    What I learned after watching this documentary is...Senegal is fckd!

  • Bindair Dundat
    Bindair Dundat 3 months ago

    with those white people in there with all of that cash it seems like some savages would just kick in the door and rob the shit out of them but I guess maybe they have security

  • Zeeqtee Prn
    Zeeqtee Prn 3 months ago

    Damn shame. We give the clothing for free and they sell it abroad for a profit. They lie and tell use it’s going to charity. What a shame they are charging these people. I tell ya these rich people will always find a way to make money off of poor people.

  • TBV Bosnian Bible Translation

    Does anyone have contact info of the French second hand clothes delaer ?

  • yzeoallday221
    yzeoallday221 4 months ago

    Arab always exposing the African.

  • Russ G
    Russ G 4 months ago

    Unmentioned is the fact that this whole business has replaced local, subsistence clothing industry and of course the literal cultural 'fabric' of Third World nations. Anywhere you go on Earth people are dressed in Western-style garments made in India, China, Sri Lanka, Honduras, etc mass-produced in sweat shops from synthetic fabrics.

  • Russ G
    Russ G 4 months ago

    Irony here is that most of this stuff was made either in Asia or Central America. I'm seeing informal 'sorting centers' operating out of self-storage joints. The workers are Haitian, Dominican, Cape Verdeans, etc. and the goods are packed in plastic barrels for resale in those countries. BTW, I wonder if these women working in the Senegalese sorting centers get the first pick of the good stuff?

  • Bridges Dont Fly
    Bridges Dont Fly 4 months ago +2

    I've noticed a trend. The more children you have, the less money you have🤔. For most nation's.

  • `
    ` 4 months ago

    why do all these poor people have children? it is much easier to feed one mouth than a bunch. this makes no sense.

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    humberto montoya 4 months ago


  • Fava Fava
    Fava Fava 4 months ago

    My point exactly . Charities , as they are deemed , big buisiness under the guise of tax fraud name , five and six figure salaries for management and ceos , company cars with all the extra perks . . The workers are treated like scum , with by the way , no salaries for the , commoners , supplied by british government ie , work experience , back to work vetting , before any smartarses reply , , these practices I have witnessed first hand . Dealers for expensive things or collectables are on speed dial . Fact . The public has no clue how charities work .

  • kaniel Jarrett
    kaniel Jarrett 4 months ago

    I hope in time they won’t have to and can send every piece back to france

  • kaniel Jarrett
    kaniel Jarrett 4 months ago

    It’s hard to watch this

  • dan forbes
    dan forbes 4 months ago

    i know i will get shit for saying this but i will. then need whites in there to tell them were they are going wrong big time and show them and help them learn. :(

  • Mark Conrad
    Mark Conrad 4 months ago

    better than brand new fake knock offs from China

  • Commentator541
    Commentator541 4 months ago

    Wow they are payed well!!! 150 a month is great for what they do!!! So fair! I'm proud of this boss if the number is correct. Plus 60? 210? A fair wage.

  • Commentator541
    Commentator541 4 months ago

    Africa has ensured they will live in poverty for the next two centuries. They all have 5 pr more children even though mortality rate for children is low and mortality rate for people over 50 is high. So the whole "help them in their old age" doesn't work. They really need a no children policy NOW. Imagine if European citizens(Europe is the most densely populated continent btw) all had 5 or more children? We would all starve.

  • a i t o r
    a i t o r 4 months ago +2

    things you very rarely hear: "they moved to senegal in search of a better life"

  • Patrick BlackRock
    Patrick BlackRock 4 months ago

    Ever ask yourself why do europeans and its descendants feed on negativity? They breathe, eat, drink, think and enjoy bullying, destroying and dehumanizing others, the only way they feel safe and alive. Hyena in nature pig in appearance. ​

    • Patrick BlackRock
      Patrick BlackRock 2 months ago

      Pigs deserve no air!

    • S. M-K
      S. M-K 3 months ago

      Just shut up already.....look at the negativity you spew.

  • Patrick BlackRock
    Patrick BlackRock 4 months ago

    Notice how CGTN portrays Africa and how europeans always portray a glorious continent in a very negative light. These things called europeans are imbued with such hatred for humanity that dehumanizing others is the only way they can feel like they are alive.

    • Patrick BlackRock
      Patrick BlackRock 2 months ago

      First learn what 'racist' is and what group of beasts invented it.

    • S. M-K
      S. M-K 3 months ago

      Spew that racist shit somewhere else or better yet keep that poison to yourself!!