Lebanon News

Sidon low-cost clothes market targets marginalized groups

SIDON, Lebanon: Over the weekend, Sidon’s historic Khan al-Ifranj market was host to a secondhand clothes market offering an array of items for people in need. Organized by social enterprise FabricAID, the Rotaract Club of Sidon and the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development, the clothes market brought together people of different nationalities and neighborhoods.

They flocked to Khan al-Ifranj to take advantage of the low-cost, good-quality clothes on display.

The event aimed to reduce waste and support marginalized groups who have limited resources to buy clothes and shoes, with items priced from LL250 ($0.16) to LL3,000.

“The goal of the project is to enable those who don’t have a high purchasing power to buy good quality clothes at a low price,” FabricAID CEO Omar Itani said.

FabricAID was also looking to increase collection of secondhand clothes by NGOs. “Only 10 percent of potential clothes donations are being collected,” a media release on the event said, adding that this was due to NGOs’ limited capacity.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 05, 2018, on page 3.

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