mitumba


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mitumba

(mɪˈtʊmbə)
n
(Commerce)
a. used clothes imported for sale in African countries from more developed western countries
b. (as modifier): the mitumba economy.
[C20: Swahili, literally: bale]
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Material examined: TANZANIA: Kigoma Region: Gombe National Park, Mitumba stream, 4[degrees]38.
Trezia moved to Kasekela in 1991, coming from the neighboring Mitumba group.
Far away in Tanzania, a young man proudly wears a T-shirt imprinted with the logo of an American basketball team while shopping at the local mitumba market for pants that will fit his slender figure.
Pietra Rivoli, Associate Professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, tells her t-shirt's story with the sharp eye of an economist and an obvious affection for all those involved in its tortuous global journey--from the cotton fields of West Texas to the factories of Shanghai to a screen printing shop in Miami and a drugstore in Fort Lauderdale and then, unexpectedly, to a Salvation Army drop-off in suburban Maryland, a used clothing trader in Brooklyn and the mitumba shops of Tanzania.
The mitumba trade, as it is known, is a free-trade success story in the unlikeliest of places.