Mama Beatrice

Beatrice Adah works at the Harambee Centre two mornings a week tidying up but her real and astute work is in the market place where she buys and sells women’s dresses.

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She goes to Eldoret on the overcrowded mini-buses to purchase used clothing wholesale, two one hundred pound bundles at a time; these come all the way from Canada via container ship landed in Mombassa and then trucked right the way across Kenya to the Western province.

She has business sense, knows the value of her product and bargains with utter confidence; it’s a marvel.   The clothes are sorted and bound in Canada and when the bale is first cracked, several steady customers get first choice; they too know what they are looking for for their own shops just down the way in the Kakamega marketplace.

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[With permission. Photos: David Johnson]

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