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 • 632

  • Mr. Right
    Mr. Right 10 days ago

    Why do they buy the clothes? Don’t they know that it’s from their colonizer? Educate yourself and stop supporting the people oppressing you.

  • Mr. Right
    Mr. Right 10 days ago

    Not surprising at all. France making money from its colonies.

  • menina
    menina 10 days ago

    This is interesting. As a woman who's trying to go back, I love watching stuff like this. There's so much to do

  • Mystery Buyer
    Mystery Buyer 11 days ago

    My girlfriend worked at Goodwill for years and got fired for a bad reason. She says to avoid them like the plague. She won't even go there anymore.

  • Mystery Buyer
    Mystery Buyer 11 days ago

    I just realized our whole closet consists of clothing we never wear anymore. I don't remember the last time we used the closet.

  • we are All One
    we are All One 11 days ago

    Oh Sénégal, mon beau Pays!

  • katherine horne
    katherine horne 17 days ago


  • Douglas Mubirigi
    Douglas Mubirigi 20 days ago +1

    These used are way more expansive in many African countries than their original price in USA.

  • Tamica S
    Tamica S 20 days ago

    I admire the young business man-smart and hardworking, a lot of these young, lazy, and dependent men should take a page out of his book.

  • Fatima
    Fatima 23 days ago

    A second hand lingerie? 😳what the actual F***!!

  • charles king
    charles king 24 days ago

    Any thing second hand is almost a curse fuck it.

  • Rohit Yadav
    Rohit Yadav Month ago

    Love from India to you

  • Canadian Guy
    Canadian Guy Month ago

    If blacks invented a lots of things as they like to say I would like to know why are they always buying up the Whitemans garbages in these modern times they should have a lots of shit for themselves

  • Jennifer Ray
    Jennifer Ray Month ago +1

    i wonder if senegal would put money into making high end clothes for the western market, it would prorbably be just as cheap to have work shops there just like asia, and it would help the economy.

    • Fenty Diary diouf
      Fenty Diary diouf Month ago

      Jennifer Ray we have mall for people who can offer high hand clothes and shoes or handbags

  • jonas go
    jonas go Month ago


  • Yanti 7783
    Yanti 7783 Month ago +1

    thanx God, clothing is pretty cheap in indonesia, even a new long designed party dress, u can find as cheap as 4-5 USD. thats why i cant even have free space on my wardrobe closet. 😂😂

  • shona smile
    shona smile Month ago

    These clothee are no only in Africa , they are everywhere they actually have grades and l have a friend who used to stock her shop with these clothes , most of them where new with tags and she sold them at a very high price eg $25 and above

  • Tembo
    Tembo Month ago

    @14:50 why do him and his wife have separate bedrooms?

  • Lov!ingL!fe
    Lov!ingL!fe Month ago


  • TheLast One
    TheLast One Month ago


  • juli cochran
    juli cochran Month ago

    Senegalese fabrics are really beautiful and they have a very good cotton. Why they don’t have a cooperative in order to sell their goods worldwide?

  • Orighomisan Tetenuwa

    Only Africa they ship dirt to

  • Cindy Lewis
    Cindy Lewis 2 months ago

    Alley Oop the clothing guy.

  • Carmindy Stevens
    Carmindy Stevens 2 months 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.

  • A World
    A World 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • ocripcurrent
    ocripcurrent 2 months ago

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

  • Clubbin Mag
    Clubbin Mag 2 months 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 ?

    • Spectral
      Spectral 2 months ago

      Africa has, probably, every natural resource one can think of. They could manufacture everything under the sun and export it far and wide.
      By the time the first outsiders set foot on that continent they should have been technologically advanced and invincible.
      Why that never really happened is quite a mystery, indeed.

  • Clubbin Mag
    Clubbin Mag 2 months ago +2

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

  • Clubbin Mag
    Clubbin Mag 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • Baiba E
    Baiba E 3 months 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 3 months ago +1

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

    • Spectral
      Spectral 2 months ago

      That caught my attention, too.

  • Robert Caffrey
    Robert Caffrey 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

  • KONTEN Positif
    KONTEN Positif 3 months ago

    What language use in senegal?

  • Rebecca Lynn Tanner
    Rebecca Lynn Tanner 3 months ago

    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 3 months 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.

    • Mr. Right
      Mr. Right 10 days ago

      James Kennedy Have you not heard anything. It’s the second hand from France and American cotton subsidy’s. Nothing bad about China importing clothes dumbass.

  • grim reaper
    grim reaper 3 months ago

    Been to Senegal once and their food is simply the BEST

  • Roy Gee
    Roy Gee 3 months ago

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

  • Tarik Jahid
    Tarik Jahid 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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. 4 months ago +1

    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 4 months ago

    its just disgusting to see people forcing children into islam

    AHMED 4 months ago +2

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

  • Sam LSD
    Sam LSD 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 months ago

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

  • Sam LSD
    Sam LSD 4 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 4 months ago

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

  • MotoAtheist
    MotoAtheist 4 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 4 months ago

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

  • Anar Chy
    Anar Chy 4 months ago

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

  • LeadBlastin22
    LeadBlastin22 4 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 4 months ago

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

  • Lucy
    Lucy 4 months ago

    I bet they have some awesome vintage pieces in there.

  • Lucy
    Lucy 4 months ago

    I learned about this in an economic anthropology class in college

  • matt k
    matt k 4 months ago

    cant watch this shit with filthy euro french language they speak

  • Bounty Sarr
    Bounty Sarr 4 months ago

    🇸🇳🇬🇲 much love

  • me me
    me me 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 months ago

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

  • Micheal Kelly
    Micheal Kelly 4 months ago

    Amazing determination and drive from all interviewed

  • Vanessa Larik
    Vanessa Larik 5 months ago

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

  • t3b0g0
    t3b0g0 5 months ago +1

    everyone dresses well in this town

  • Clint Wolf
    Clint Wolf 5 months ago

    Very interesting documentary. Thanks.

  • Tom Sawyer
    Tom Sawyer 5 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 5 months ago +9

    You learn something new every day. Absolutely beautiful!

  • Filbert TECK&CHEA
    Filbert TECK&CHEA 5 months ago

    Do check out for Used Clothing export!

  • Latheefa
    Latheefa 5 months ago

    Very nice

  • Nick Burkitt
    Nick Burkitt 5 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 5 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 5 months ago

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

  • Spesh
    Spesh 5 months ago

    what in da fuckkk am I watching

  • Fort Road
    Fort Road 5 months ago +1

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

  • Jamal Labarge
    Jamal Labarge 5 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 5 months ago

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

  • Floofi Floof
    Floofi Floof 5 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 5 months ago

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

    • Derek Allan Elj
      Derek Allan Elj 5 months ago

      silky cotton fiber aphrodisiac nectar and pollen

    • Derek Allan Elj
      Derek Allan Elj 5 months ago

      Princess+ silk+cotton+ cotton+red+

    • Derek Allan Elj
      Derek Allan Elj 5 months ago

      silk cotton tree seeds cotton red foliated gossypium hirsutum seeds

  • Gary L
    Gary L 5 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 5 months ago

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

  • Evie
    Evie 5 months ago

    6:19 donated a dog too lol

  • Shernette Layne
    Shernette Layne 5 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 5 months ago +1

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

  • Abhijit Kashyap
    Abhijit Kashyap 5 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 5 months ago

    1:00 she got a beautiful smile.

  • Random Person
    Random Person 5 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 4 months ago

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

  • damianos raftopoulos
    damianos raftopoulos 5 months ago

    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.

  • P Good
    P Good 5 months ago

    Those blacks are great at picking cotton

  • MsPaze Moore
    MsPaze Moore 5 months ago

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

  • SJ
    SJ 5 months ago +1

    CHARITY BREEDS POVERTY! Time to help people help themselves.

  • SJ
    SJ 5 months ago

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

  • LeTechPreneur
    LeTechPreneur 5 months ago

    Very insightful documentary!

  • Richard Graham
    Richard Graham 5 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?