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Clothes Sales Business

Clothes Sales for Livelihood Improvement and Poverty Alleviation


We at Crisis Aid strongly believe in helping people earn a decent living and become financially independent and self-sufficient, instead of providing them with continuous assistance. In this way they don’t have to be regularly provided with food, medicines, shelter, clothing etc. They will be able to earn their own living.

Selling on second hand clothes is a booming business – specifically in Africa, but also in other countries around the world. People buy used clothes like we buy new clothes here in the UK. Crisis Aid has made links with a number of wholesalers of clothes in different countries especially West Africa. We can now offer one bale of 50kg of used clothes to a poor family to sell on and make a living. They can easily earn enough from 1 bale of clothes to purchase another bale plus live off the remaining profit. We will also provide them with a pushcart to take their clothes to the markets and sell. It will cost £200 only to set a poor family up in business. This is a golden opportunity of sadaqah jaariyah (continuous reward) for you.

This self-employment philosophy is derived from the following incident during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him):

A man of the Ansar came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and begged from him. The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked him if he has anything in his house. He replied: “Yes, a piece of cloth, a part of which we wear and a part of which we spread (on the ground), and a wooden bowl from which we drink water”. The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked him to bring those items to him and helped him sell them for two dirhams. He (peace be upon him) asked the Ansari to buy food with one dirham, buy an axe with the second dirham and go and gather firewood and sell it. The man went away, and gathered firewood and sold it. When he had earned ten dirhams, he came to the prophet and told him that he had bought a garment and food with his earnings. (Abu Dawud, Hadith 1637).

What it Costs?

It costs just £200 to start off one poor family this clothes business. Give them the ability to stand on their own two feet by donating generously by clicking the donate button below.