Definition of mitumba in English:



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

    • ‘He said they do not buy mitumba by choice, but because that is what they could afford.’
    • ‘Secondhand clothing (mitumba) is generally worn by poorer people.’
    • ‘Overall things are going well we have one more week in mitumba slums doing house visits and helping out in the school.’
    • ‘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.’


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