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How to Start a Mitumba Business in Kenya

Many ask how to start a mitumba business, but only a few take the first step. Do you know what that first step is? Gathering information. 

Know how much capital the business needs, where to get mitumba suppliers, and where to sell your mitumba, and you will have a successful mitumba business.

Therefore…

This article is a resource for you. It will give you in-depth information on those three issues. Further, you will learn a thing or two from people who are already in business by watching mitumba success stories through videos embedded in this article.

You can jump to specific parts of this article by clicking on any title below. Alternatively, read the entire article on how to start a mitumba business in Kenya. It is informative. That is a promise.

Mitumba Business Tips, Tricks & Success Stories

Types of Mitumba Bales: What is Mitumba Grading?

Before we discuss capital and other resources needed to start this business, let us understand what you will be selling. What is a mitumba bale?

Importers grade mitumba according to its wear and tear using categories locally known as bales. Therefore, when you visit your mitumba supplier, you should know the differences between bales as they all attract different prices. Even if you wish to start your business by selecting a few mitumba pieces, learning how they grade clothes will get you the best quality for your market.

Why?

What you can sell in an open-air market is not the same quality as the second-hand clothes in most thrift stores on Instagram and upmarket boutiques. Here is the difference.

Crème bale

The items in this bale are new, never worn. Most of them may still have store labels on them. Probably, someone bought those clothes and dropped them at a charity pick-up point months later without wearing them first. Crème bales are expensive and suitable for a high-end boutique. For example, a mixed dress crème bale may cost over KSh50,000.

Grade 1 (Grade A)

The items have seen a few washes, but they are still wearable. The Grade 1 bale is cheaper than the crème bale. For example, a Grade A duvet covers bale costs over KSh20,000, while a crème bale costs KSh40,000. 

Grade 2 (Grade B)

The previous owner wore the items severally, so they are not as pleasing as items in a Grade 1 bale. But, Grade 2 is cheaper. Hence, Grade 2 is suitable for an open-air market because the average price of mitumba in such markets is about KSh100, so you will not incur a loss.

What is actually inside a bale? Brie The Stylist explain it to you below.

Is a Bale more Profitable than Selecting Pieces from Random Bales?

Beyond understanding what types of mitumba bales are in the market, you also need to know what is inside each bale, as the quality of items inside is different. 

Some pieces in a bale are almost new, and the mitumba industry calls these items camera. Some clothes are gently used and are not as appealing as the camera pieces.

The third variety consists of items with some defects like missing buttons, although not worn out. People in the mitumba industry refer to such items as fagia.

It might be the best choice when starting your mitumba business with less than KSh500 because you can pick a few fagia items for as low as KSh20 each. However, you can only sell these in an open-air market.

Starting your mitumba business by buying a whole bale is more profitable because you get your money back as soon as you sell all camera pieces. Additionally, with a bale, you sell to both customers and resellers. For example, you can sell the best of your stock from a shop and the unattractive items from a stand in a local open-air market.

Mitumba success story – Grace Wambere explains that you can start with a bale as long as you know how to deal with the dead stock (fagia).

Remember, bales are unpredictable. The only person who knows what is in them is the guy who packaged them overseas. Hence, you might get many defective or unappealing items in each package.

If you only have a few thousand Shillings to invest, select pieces instead of buying a bale of mitumba clothes. The only advantage with bales is you can run two shops or businesses: one shop to target wholesale and retail customers who select from the bales you open and a second shop to supply unopened mitumba bales.

How to Find a Mitumba Supplier

Before setting up your mitumba business, find a competent and efficient supplier.

Find a trustworthy supplier who will not tamper with the bale by removing the best pieces and repackaging the old stock.

Secondly, learn as many industry terms as possible. You will hear suppliers talking about chiffon tops, kids rummage, household bale, fancy tops, poly dresses (official dresses), and mixed dresses (a mixture of denim, cotton and other materials).

If you want to select camera instead of buying a bale of mtumba, find a mitumba trader who opens bales regularly and is willing to sell camera pieces to you. You may have to pay in advance as assurance that you will show up when the seller opens a bale for you to pick the best items first.

If you do not find it appropriate to pay in advance, visit open-air markets like Korogocho at dawn and select items freely from various traders. Mitumba traders flock to Gikomba as early as 5:30 a.m in search of stock. 

Exploring Mitumba Bale Prices: What is the Average Cost of a Bale?

Mitumba bale prices range from KSh13,000 to KSh60,000. The business environment of mitumba importers in Kenya dictates mitumba bale prices. For instance, the cost of renting a warehouse varies from one region to the other. Additionally, some importers have a larger team of employees.

Mitumba suppliers import used clothes from different countries. 

Note!

The Fashion Parlour enlightens its audience about doing business in the fashion and beauty industry, and mitumba businesses are part of this industry.

Hence, this website is not endorsing any mitumba supplier. This article is for information purposes only, so you have to go further and interrogate the offers you get from the suppliers below. Also, be wary of scams, and always read customer reviews.

This list of mitumba suppliers is not exhaustive; these are a few of the mitumba sellers who have been in the online market for the longest time. There are so many other suppliers to compare.

Premium Bales Africa

Phone: 0723832253

Facebook page: Premium Mitumba Bales Africa

Purple Queen Stores

Facebook Page: Purple Queen Stores Kenyan 

Phone: 0796452992

Mitumba Chap Chap Bales

Phone: 0722861191

Best Mitumba Bales

Phone: 0724852215

Facebook Page: Best Mitumba Bales

All Camera Mitumba Bales

Phone: 0701 047792

Facebook Page: All Camera Mitumba BALES

Stacey Wa Mitumba

Phone: 0789 473921

Facebook Page: Stacey Wa Mitumba

Some mitumba traders say some countries have better quality than others, while others only buy China bales because they are cheaper. Other sellers claim the country of origin affects the size, so they prefer bales shipped from Canada or the USA because the physical traits of the population in those regions guarantee larger sizes. 

Remember, the price of mitumba bales should not be the only factor when starting a mitumba business. Before you select a bale because it is the cheapest or most popular item on sale, think about your target audience, business location, and capital.

Mitumba success story – The story of Stacy Ochieng, who runs Stecy Wa Mitumba, will inspire you to start from the bottom by taking the early morning walks to Gikomba or other mitumba markets. Stacy started her business on the streets of Nairobi as a hawker. She tried other businesses first, such as Mama Fua and selling fish. Then, she ventured into selling second-hand clothes with a capital of KSh1,000.

How Much Capital Do You Need to Invest in Mtumba?

You can start a mitumba business with as low as KSh100 and expect a profit margin of 50 to 100%. However, the amount of capital dictates what you sell, where you get your items from, and where you sell them. For example, with KSh100, collect ties, socks and bras from various sellers, and resell them from an open-air market. 

For KSh100, you must select items from another trader.

However, if you have more capital, you can buy a bale and enjoy the freedom to set up your business in a stall or an open-air market.

To know how much capital you need for a mitumba business with a premise, list all the expenses, including your stall rent for at least three months.

The expenses include the cost of stall installations, salaries, a business license, a steamer, a mannequin, hangers and a motorbike if you would like to do deliveries yourself. 

Most mitumba sellers say they started in other businesses or employment and raised capital to set up a second-hand clothes business.

Mitumba success story  Winjoy sold boiled eggs (mayai boilo) in Meru for about a year and saved KSh100,000. Her next venture was selling fruits before she started buying mtumba bales in Gikomba and reselling the pieces in Meru.

Now, she sells mitumba bales in Gikomba.

The Pricing Strategy for Mitumba Bales

1. Sell all items of a low-grade bale at the same price.

You can open a bale and sell everything at the same price in an open-air market. The price of each item is a fraction of the cost of the bale and the profit expected.

If you take some clothes home from the first day, sell them at a lower price the following day. You can wait until all the items sell, mix the last pieces with a new bale, or set the old pieces aside and sell them alongside a new bale. Alternatively, get two stands. Stock one stand with a new bale and sell old stock (fagia) at a throwaway price from the other stand.

2. Set different prices depending on the quality.

It is the best pricing strategy for high-quality bales like Grade A and B. This strategy suits stall owners, whether selling in retail or wholesale. First, sort the items into camera, middle quality, and fagia. For instance, a poly dress bale bought at KSh30,000 and delivered in Nakuru for KSh1,000 means it cost KSh31,000. Hence, the 150 pieces in that bale must yield KSh31,000, plus profit.

Out of the 150 pieces, you realise 70 dresses are almost new, 50 are in good condition, and 30 are not pleasing. Divide the cost (KSh31,000) by the 70 pieces, and you get KSh443. Consequently, sell the 70 pieces between KSh450 and KSh500 to get your money back. Next, sell the remaining 80 pieces between KSh300 and KSh200 for a profit of about KSh20,000.

When using this pricing strategy in an open-air market, state clearly that each item has a different price so that your customers know before they rummage through the pile.

How to Know the Fast Moving, Most Profitable Mitumba Clothes

All second-hand clothes sell. However, more mitumba traders specialise in clothes and shoes for women. Shem Spiess, one of the top online mitumba bale suppliers, says chiffon and t-shirt tops sell fast. 

Factors influencing mitumba business in your local market include the weather and demographics like age and income status. For instance, when targeting girls in high school, selling bras at KSh50 is more profitable than buying an expensive bale to retail each piece at KSh200.

How to Start a Mitumba Business Online

There are three types of mitumba businesses. You are either a retailer, a wholesaler or both. A wholesaler needs a few million Shillings to ship a container of mitumba wear with about 550 bales, so let us leave that for another day.

As a retailer, sell exclusively online, set up a physical shop or sell in a make-shift stall (kibanda) in a local market. Whichever platform you choose, be patient and resilient.

Mitumba is a good side hustle. You can make deliveries during your lunch break and over the weekend. Also, wake up early on weekends to buy your stock in Gikomba or elsewhere.

Irene Oduor started her business in June 2016, and it meets all her financial needs. 

“I chose to sell kidswear because after doing my research, I found that selling kids’ wear is lucrative because babies outgrow their outfits fast. Most importantly, I love children, so dressing babies is fun, and I do it effortlessly. 

She is active on Facebook, continually posting baby wear on her business page – Timeless Kidswear. Irene makes deliveries throughout the region, as far as Malindi and Busia.

Besides, by selling online, I reach even those around East Africa, and the more customers access my page, the more it boosts my sales, as long as I stock the right outfits for them. I would choose online any day.

Mitumba success story – Norah Muendo is an inspiring businessperson. From failure in her first venture to taking maternity leave and having to start all over again, Norah has experienced it all. Now, Nila Baby Shop has three branches.

How to Sell Mitumba Clothes from a Stall

You can sell your items from a specific open-air market or explore a variety of local markets near you. For example, if your stall is in a city council market in Nairobi, you can visit other markets around Nairobi on some days. Here is a simple guide to open-air markets in and around Nairobi (most local council markets charge between KSh20 and KSh50 per trader).

Githurai 45 – Sunday

Kikuyu – Sunday

Ruiru – Wednesday, Saturday

Kitengela – Sunday

Limuru – Wednesday, Saturday

Kenol – Sunday

Dagoretti – Wednesday, Saturday

Wangige – Monday, Thursday

Athi River – Tuesday, Saturday

Mokongeni in Thika – Tuesday, Friday

Githunguri – Monday, Thursday, Saturday

Kiambu – Tuesday, Friday

Gachie – Sunday

Kawangware – Tuesday, Friday

Korogocho – Wednesday, Saturday

Selling mitumba clothes in Gikomba and other large open-air markets is profitable because of the thousands who tickle in for supplies or to buy mitumba for personal use. However, all mitumba sellers cannot fit in Gikomba, so you get a kibanda or stall elsewhere.

To sell in a stall or kibanda,

  • Find a premise that is suitable for the items you want to sell. For example, sell Grade 2 bales in an open-air market because they are cheaper, and on a good day, it takes a few hours to recover your money. On the other hand, when selling in a classy mall, you need enticing apparel like crème and first camera pieces from Grade 1 bales.
  • How will you attract foot traffic to your stall? Some sellers use digital marketing platforms like Facebook to make sales or to inform area residents about the shop. Unless you expect to sell online, there should be sufficient foot traffic around the stall or kibanda you rent.

Mitumba success story – Julius Gutu runs a stall in Toi Market. He explains how to start a mitumba business: selecting a premise, supplier, market fees, and average capital needed.

Places You Should Know in Gikomba Market

There are two ways to shop in this market: either buy Gikomba bales to take to your shop or select pieces from the multitude of traders in this market. Gikomba deals in second-hand utensils, clothes, shoes, books and bedding.

You can tell which side you are on by the type of items on display. For example, if there are clusters of vibanda selling shoes, you are close to the bridge and Kamukunji grounds.

Frequent fires and relocation of traders to create space for new buildings change the market layout every so often. Here is an overview of sections of Gikomba Market based on the type of items on sale. 

Shoes

Gikomba shoe traders line the road opposite the Mosque and the D.O’s Office. On the perimeter of the D.O’s Office, shoes on sale are mainly rubber shoes and bathroom slippers. Another section to explore is the Majengo area.

You could also look for boots, high heels and sports shoes on the second row of vibandas opposite the COTU Headquarters along Digo Road. The first row has hats, socks, bedding, etc. The prices are mainly retail, going as low as KSh100 and as high as KSh800, but you can always bargain when buying wholesale.

You can also try your luck along the main entrance to Gikomba from Ladhies Road. Just after Equity Bank, on Sundays, you may spot a handful of traders along the road selling shoes for as low as KSh50.

Handbags

The main section dealing with handbags is accessible from the Nairobi stage just before you turn towards COTU Headquarters. Follow the road lined with traders dealing in kitenge and other fabrics, through a stuffy, narrow path of chicken coops and into a shaded pathway with new clothes. You will spot handbags along the route, and you can explore the rows of vibanda on either side.

On the right, the vibanda end at the riverbank. The handbags vary in design and size. A clutch bag goes for KSh200, while a large leather handbag may cost about KSh500. Purses and makeup bags cost about KSh100. Nevertheless, Gikomba Market is about bargains, so haggle until the price is right.

Baby wear

You can reach the open-air market dealing in baby wear from the Mosque or the Nairobi stage just next to the COTU Headquarters.

Branch off that main street into a path lined with vibanda selling curtains and bedding. After a short distance, there is a road to the right, with traders selling curtains and bedding.

This road proceeds to the fish market and the new market building. Stay on the main path, and just opposite the stands with heaps of handkerchiefs and undergarments, you will spot a passageway to the open-air market.

Alternatively, walk from the Nairobi stage to the Pumwani Mosque opposite the Kariobangi and Dandora Bus Stage. Just after the perimeter of the D.O’s Office, turn right and walk along the shoe market. A short distance into the market, make another right turn where there are piles of towels, and you will walk into the open-air market. Baby clothes sell for as low as KSh30.

Ladies trousers

You can find these in the open-air market I have explained above (where you will find baby clothes) or just next to the handbags area. Official trousers or jeans cost between KSh30 and KSh200. If you need to make alterations to the items you buy, tailors dot the perimeter of the open-air section. Alterations cost about KSh20, depending on the adjustments you need.

Stockings, socks and hats

A handful of vibanda along Digo Road, opposite COTU Headquarters, sell stockings, socks and hats. Socks cost about KSh20 a pair, while hats go for about KSh50.

Coats, jumpers and trench coats

When you proceed along the road that takes you to the handbags section, there are dozens of vibanda with light jumpers and trench coats.

Official skirts and blouses

Between the vibanda with coats, jumpers and handbags, you will find heaps of skirts and blouses. You could also try the open-air market that sells trousers and baby clothes to get chiffon tops, skirts and blazers. These skirts go for as low as KSh40. On Sundays, you can get chiffon tops for KSh10 and blazers at KSh50.

Gikomba Market Days: When to go to Gikomba

Mitumba traders in Nairobi, and other towns, get supplies from Gikomba Market, Toi Market, Korogocho or Kawangware. Of these flea markets, Gikomba is the most popular. Gikomba is a landmark. Your first time there might be a nightmare if you get lost in the maze of vibanda, but you will go home happy with the bargains.

Gikomba Market opens all days of the week. Nevertheless, on some days, most traders sell old stock from other busy days. On average, Tuesday and Friday are great days to visit Gikomba. Also, you can get good stuff on Saturdays, especially in the open-air areas.

When you become a regular buyer, ask your supplier when they open new bales so you can get camera pieces. On Saturdays, buyers throng the market, so most traders open new bales. Some sections are closed on Sundays, and the ones open mainly sell Saturday stock. Therefore, Sunday is the best day to visit Gikomba to buy items for as low as KSh10.

During the week, the market is open as early as 5 a.m. It gives a new meaning to the cliché of the early bird as scores of buyers jostle for camera pieces before dawn, using all manner of illumination from torches to phone flashlights to inspect the items they grab. The vast section that sells handbags often opens later, around 7 a.m.

How to get to Gikomba Market from Nairobi Town

From Nairobi, pick a matatu to Gikomba at the Majengo Stage along Luthuli Avenue. The fare is KSh50 to or from Gikomba.

Problems/market Forces in Mtumba Business

Selling mitumba is a lucrative venture. This sector supports a significant population across the country. Getting into this sector is sometimes plagued by problems like extortion by brokers and supplier scams. However, these problems should not stop you from earning a decent living.

Some issues are manageable such as losses from buying a bale unsuitable for your market. The mitumba industry calls such losses kuchomeka because you sell the items at a low price to recover your capital. Other market forces are out of your control, such as calamities and political influence on the industry. Mitumba sellers in open-air markets like Toi Market and Gikomba incur losses annually due to unexplained fires. 

The best precautionary measure is to insure your stock against theft, fires and political upheavals. That is all you can do.

Since 2015, the East African Community (EAC) has held talks to ban mitumba. However, none of those discussions was conclusive, so until Kenya or the region bans mitumba imports, hustle.

Mitumba Vs New Clothes: Which Business is More Profitable?

If you have been weighing your options between starting a mitumba business and a new clothing store, here is some information to save you the nerve-wracking thoughts of wondering what business suits you.

Suppliers

Arguably, there are many mitumba suppliers in Kenya. You can buy from mitumba importers directly or from resellers who buy bales.

On the other hand, there are fewer suppliers of new clothes, and they are only in major towns like Nairobi and Mombasa. The only way to increase your profit margin while selling new clothes is to import from Kampala, Turkey, Dubai, China or another international market. 

Takeaway

You would need more capital to start a new clothing store than a mitumba business.

Prices

Mitumba clothes have more affordable wholesale prices per item or bale than new clothes. 

On top of that, the wholesale price for new clothes and shoes applies several rules, such as a minimum number of pieces. You also have to select several colours and sizes per item to enjoy the wholesale price.

Takeaway

Mitumba terms are more flexible.

Marketing avenues

You can use offline and online marketing platforms when selling mitumba or new clothes. Open-air markets are suitable for cheaper clothes, whether mitumba or new.

Takeaway

You can sell both types anywhere.

Profitability

Mitumba clothes may give you a 100% profit per item because you can sell some items double the buying price or pick a few of the best clothes and sell them thrice the purchase amount. 

There is a good profit margin in selling new clothes, but since the buying price is high, you may not double the selling price to get a 100% profit. 

For example, a second-hand handbag can cost KSh100 in Gikombato retail at KSh200 – KSh1,000, depending on the quality and the market. On the other hand, a new bag from Eastleigh will cost between KSh1,000 and KSh2,500, so your retail price might be only KSh500 above your buying price when selling to the middle-income population.

Takeaway

They are both profitable.

Uniqueness

Mtumba is unique. A bale might have several similar pieces, but they will go to different customers. ‘Kenya uniform’ is the best description of the lack of creativity in new clothes imports.

Takeaway

Mtumba is unique.

Competition

Competition is stiff in both new and second-hand clothes markets. 

Takeaway

None is a smooth ride.

Capital 

Mtumba needs as low as KSh100 to start. On the other hand, you need more money to start selling new clothes.

Takeaway

Anyone can start a mitumba business.

Quality

Both mtumba and new clothes are quality products. However, mtumba quality depends on the number of washes before importation as second-hand clothes. Therefore, unless you buy crème bales only, expect to have a few worn-out pieces in a bale.

Takeaway

Mtumba bales may disappoint you.

Mitumba success story – Jugan (Njuguna) Paul has been in business since the late 80s. At the time, he was selling plastic shoes in Lotoktok besides farming. Now, Njuguna sells mitumba blouses, dresses, etc. However, he also sells new trousers.

He has tried hawking, set up his business in different parts of the city, and finally found his current base. He sells the best pieces in his shop and the rest to resellers targetting open-air markets.

Final Thoughts

You can succeed as a mitumba seller. It is one of the most affordable businesses to start in Kenya, and you do not need a lot of capital.

Additionally, it has simple management requirements, such as tracking daily sales and customers who buy on credit. If you want to learn more, visit Gikomba and other markets and watch Kenyans already doing it. Alternatively, join social media groups to see what others are selling and hear their stories. Do it!

(70) Comments

  1. Grace Wamberr says:

    Can’t belebel am reading this today after one of the Mitumba chap chap members shared. I would like to meet the writer of this article he/she deserves a cup of coffee ??. Very well writen

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      Thank you Grace. You have inspired many, and also provided a lot of information for this article.

      1. Grace Wambere says:

        The article has actually made my work easier cause when a beginner joins Mitumba Chap Chap I just give them the link. Stay blessed

        1. Patriciah shirundu khatambi says:

          After reading this article I have decided to start the business,,. I want to sell kids clothes,, where can I reach you

          1. The Fashion Parlour says:

            Search for Grace Wambere on Facebook.

    2. benadict says:

      i have always wanted to be in this business but i got few challenges funds and others but i have to save surely to start a business of my own but before then just connect me to a financial advicer i need to learn how to plan for my little income so as to save enough for the biz

  2. Ken Kisilu says:

    I will definitely get in to this business. Thanks for the comprehensive information.

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      Thank you. I wish you all the best in your venture. Hope you will share your story to inspire others, in future 🙂

  3. John Ndeto says:

    Kindly discuss the process of starting selling the bales too.. From importation

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      Will look into it John, and write about it soon. Thank you.

    2. Duncan says:

      Kudos writer. This is a full course unit.

      1. The Fashion Parlour says:

        You are welcome.

  4. Waooh.so inspiring.I will not only take thisas my side hustle but also my retirement plan.be blessed.

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      Thank you, and be blessed too.

  5. Leah Njau says:

    This was helpful. True this business needs Patience n resilience.

  6. Waooh inspiring and very informative I wish I had read this before opening my bale but all in all thanks Grace…..with patience n resilience I will make it

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      A business is about growth, so it’s not too late. 🙂

  7. Thanks for the information its so inspiring

  8. Miriam says:

    I salute this lady Grace…always willing to help…number??

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      You can search on Facebook for her number (mitumba chap chap).

  9. HAFSWA NJERI says:

    Thanks for the infor

  10. winnie membo says:

    Thanksfor the information.i have learned alot and am sure i will expand my business in the next two months.

  11. This is a major piecework and am looking forward to indulge in this. Thanks.

  12. Nancy EYAN Eyanae says:

    very informative… thank you soo much.

  13. Informative,eye opening, well researched and written piece..
    Could you please delve into the Wholesale dynanimcs also.
    Taking serious notes.

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      Thank you. Yes, I will look into that soon.

  14. kennjue says:

    This is so encouraging.

  15. Beth says:

    After reading this,am more determined to venture into it,,so Heip me God

  16. Winnie says:

    Thanks for the article, I can now confidently step into mitumba biz. God bless

  17. ngao caroline says:

    oh wow!! God bless u..
    i think i may start this ju ni flexible n i can do it with my little toto…

  18. Mburu says:

    Thankyou very much .Do you have leather jacket bales and at what cost

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      Welcome, but about supplies kindly use the links in the article. I believe suppliers you find there will help you.

  19. beverlyne says:

    Thanks for the article it has encouraged me a lot

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      Karibu

  20. Agnes says:

    Thanks so much for the article have learnt alot

  21. Hannah Mbure says:

    Thanks for the good advice dear, I was confused but now I have an idea God bless you

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      Karibu

  22. Njeri Cayt says:

    For sharing your research.. Be blessed. Venturing in better informed and encouraged.. Also for the links and networks. Be blessed

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      You are welcome

  23. Naftali says:

    I am going to start straight away, would like my suppliers to be from Nairobi, i am in Eldoret.

  24. Em. Kay. says:

    Great piece. What a write up ..been in my mind to start this business. I know now how to go abt it. Thanks so very much.

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      You are welcome.

  25. ruruto says:

    Woou,have been like ningeanza but sina capital,kumbe niko nayo tena big capital..sijawahijua kunaendanga hivo.Thanks much your encouragement.

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      You are welcome. I hope to hear your success story soon.

  26. Machayo says:

    I am eternally grateful for everything you’ve taught me.
    Thank you for sharing your wisdom with me.

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      You are welcome.

  27. ISMAIL KUKU says:

    This article has just given me some good hopes i had lost. I feel like I can do what I thought I couldn’t. A big Thank you to the writer.

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      Welcome, and may you succeed in your business venture.

  28. Mwenjeri says:

    Woow, this is a great article, Kudos!

  29. abigeal says:

    thanks alot. the article was inspiring, was confused at first but will use the links above to get the supplies. God bless you.

  30. winfred says:

    Thanks for opening my eyes. Am wise as i venture into mtumba biz

  31. Winnir says:

    Woooow really encouraging… I think I will also start this bs.

  32. Very nice read…. Thanks

  33. Weldon says:

    That’s good and great for your information thank-you so much and be bless

  34. Eve Wanza says:

    Good stuff.. i am in dire need of researching about ‘big’ men clothing – from 2xl to 8xl – do you have any idea where i can get in Gikomba or any other market..

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      I am sure you will get all the answers in Gikomba.

  35. Jacob wakwwik says:

    Thank you so much dear

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      You are welcome.

  36. Is mitumba kids shoes applicable in the above? I would like to know more about kids shoes bale

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      Visit any market that sells mitumba and explore the sections dealing in shoes. You will learn a lot just by interacting with sellers and buyers. Wish you all the best in your venture 🙂

  37. patrick Omondi says:

    how do i do my market research for mitumba business as a beginner
    i wish to start with ladies tops

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      Market research can go two ways. One, buy what you think can sell and see how the market treats you. Two, explore markets around you and see what sellers have and the attitude of buyers towards the quality of stock and the prices.

  38. sylvia says:

    thanks so much for the information, i was really finding on how to start this business.

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      You are welcome. All the best in your business venture.

  39. kenyi says:

    I salute you mama. This is very upbringing indeed

  40. Walter Odero says:

    Thanks for sharing this brilliant I dear,I was green but after reading the article I now know where to start it from

  41. Mary Kamau says:

    Thanks for your information. Kindly how can one get a supplier’s contacts ?

    1. The Fashion Parlour says:

      You are welcome. Please visit the Facebook pages or groups in the article, for more research. Always research before you engage any supplier.

  42. Diana says:

    This is the best article I’ve read today. my business is in the verge of collapsing,i feel hopeless since i am employed and no one is there to manage the business like i used to do.but with this, i’m so encouraged and i am going to work on it. thanks so much good writer

  43. Faith says:

    I love your writing. Very easy to read and no fluff. I will reference most of your posts on my articles. They are very informative.

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