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Economics 101 – Donating Clothing

Apr. 7, 2011By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

If you ever drive through Westlands just outside of downtown Nairobi you will notice hundreds of street vendors selling clothing.  As I road along in the car with my friend who serves with Church Army Africa in Kenya, I asked him where the clothes came from.  His response was shocking.

A number of years ago Kenya had a strong clothing/fabric line that employed a significant amount of Kenyans.  However, the West began donating clothes in droves, flooding the market.  Hundreds of Kenyans lost their jobs as clothes were given out for free.  What was the cause of employment?  In this case, charity.  

Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International.  As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter

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