NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- As
Kenyans in search of second-hand holiday items flock Gikomba, the biggest flea
market in the east African nation, those seeking imported new wares are visiting
Eastleigh in droves.
located a few kilometers from the central business district of Nairobi, the
one can get second-hand items such as shoes and clothing imported from Europe
and the United States.
the other hand, is a hub for new clothes, shoes and fabrics imported from
countries like China, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
of many Somalis in Eastleigh has made the business and residential hub a “small
Mogadishu” and good prices there have been pulling Kenyans to the district over
the district was teemed with shoppers hunting for bargains.
streets and the alleyways are small traders selling a multitude of items, from
children’s shoes and clothes to men’s shirts and women’s dresses.
also brisk at the dozens of malls in the district where Somali traders operate
At one such
mall named Amal, Mohamed Hussein, a trader selling men’s trousers and shirts,
attended to several people.
do you wear?” he asked a middle-aged man before sifting through tens of trousers
hanged on the wall, extracting two and giving them to him to try on.
disappeared behind a makeshift fitting room, emerged soon after and paid 3,000
shillings (about 29.4 U.S. dollars) for the two trousers made in Turkey, at 14.7
dollars each. He also bought two shirts at 7.8 dollars each.
flocked to Eastleigh for the better part of the month were traders buying goods
to sell during Christmas, but many of shoppers visiting Eastleigh now are
consumers making purchases for themselves.
“I go to
Eastleigh because of the best prices that the Somalis offer,” said Samson Musili,
who lives in Kitengela, on the outskirts of Nairobi. “The good thing is that you
can bargain with them, unlike if you go to a supermarket.”
to Somalis, who are the biggest community in Eastleigh, people can also spot
Ethiopians, Eritreans, South Sudanese, Tanzanians and Congolese there.
clothes and shoes, the traders also sell electronics and mobile phones.
hosts more than 600,000 people and moves over 100 million dollars a month,
according to government estimates.