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Fundraising through the Sales of Second Hand Clothes Program

Today, the sales of second hand clothes and footwear constitute one of the key fundraising methods of ADPP Mozambique. It is estimated that at least 5,500,000 people buy the ADPP second hand clothes annually from the 30 wholesale outlets and 18 retail HUMANA stores

ADPP Mozambique first began working in the area of second hand clothes in 1984 when the clothes donated and sent from various European countries were distributed to people affected by the on-going civil war as part of emergency aid.

The selling of the second hand clothes began 4 years later in 1988 with the establishment of the first sorting and processing center in Maputo. The first sales outlets opened in Maputo and Nacala in 1990 and in Beira in 1991.

Today, the sales of second hand clothes and footwear constitute one of the key fundraising methods of ADPP Mozambique. It is estimated that more than 5,000,000 people buy the ADPP second hand clothes annually from the 30 wholesale outlets and 18 retail HUMANA stores. The income generated from the clothes sales contributes to the funding of many of the development programs implemented by the organization and most of the start up initiatives that would otherwise have no funding.

In addition to creating funds for development and providing access to affordable and good quality clothes to rural populations, the processing and sale of the ADPP second hand clothes has created over 520 permanent jobs at ADPP and offers a source of living for another 6,000 independent small-scale entrepreneurs and retailers in the country. Most of them are self-employed entrepreneurs, employing a large number of people themselves.

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