Definition of mitumba in English:



mass noun
  • (in eastern and central Africa) second-hand clothing, especially that donated by aid agencies in the West.

    • ‘Overall things are going well we have one more week in mitumba slums doing house visits and helping out in the school.’
    • ‘Secondhand clothing (mitumba) is generally worn by poorer people.’
    • ‘The bundles are then sold for the cost of distribution, opened up by the mitumba stall holders and divided and sold on.’
    • ‘She argues that there is demand for mitumba and cites the need for markets that match the demand for certain types and quality of clothing with the supply of it.’
    • ‘He said they do not buy mitumba by choice, but because that is what they could afford.’


Swahili, plural of mtumba, literally ‘bale (of cloth)’.