What happens to the used clothing you donated?
If you thirst for more on this subject, I recommend THE TRAVELS OF A T-SHIRT IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY.
I should say that is a book by Pietra Rivoli
I've read this book and also recommend it. I liked it from the very first page as it starts in Lubbock, TX, the area I spent my early years. The "Rag" sells off the less profitable items to places like Guatemala and Togo. The book seems to praise how this promotes pure capitalism in these countries. To me it seems to squash any demand for manufacturing that can be a way out of poverty that the book also promotes when focusing on China.
Should have said, "The 'Rag Trade' sells off the less profitable items".
Randall, I agree with you, I believe almost any donation, even when sold like the rag trade squashes the desire to innovate, create, and entrepreneurs. I had an India company contact me, wanting to help them sell India clothing rejects in Togo, West Africa.
Have you noticed there around Lago Atitlan that most of the indigenous women continue to wear their traditional tribal clothing compared to the men, especially the younger ones who go for the blue jeans and name brand Western clothing? I came across a documentary about how the Catholic Church is helping to ruin the indigenous cultures in Guatemala. Being the recipient of tons of bales of Western clothing, the church distributes it to the peoples for free. It appears that men are especially conscious of the highly sought after name brand clothing that they want to sport. Since the clothing is all free through the church, they lose any incentive to maintain their cultural identity preferring to choose their stylish of blue jeans, Nikes, t-shirts, cell phones, etc. . . Andy, does this correlate with what you see in Guatemala?
Here's an expat idea to resell sought after Western garb in Guatemala:
First, foreign tourists, and expats probably destroy indigenous culture 100 times more than the Catholic Church, I have never seen clothing distributed for free in any country I have visited, except when the "paca," the resell clothing stores could not sell it, and they put in front for disposal. I will try to ask the people at the church here in Pana though. The School uniform also destroy the indigenous identity more than the Catholic Church. This Documentary feels to be just a hook to blame the church. Men and women are about the same fashion conscious anywhere on planet. Please tell the specific name of the documentary, where, who, when, etc? Music, movies destroys indigenous cultures as people copy what they hear, and see.
Yes, I've been looking to locate this documentary. I think I saw it thru You Tube. Will keep searching. Of course the women are fashion conscious but do they create their own fashions thru their textile weavings and fabrics? You mention there are mainly two distinction tribes at Lago Atitlan. If a tribal woman were to dress in Western clothing, could she be considered as a whore or prostitute? I'm sure it would depend on what she wore. In the videos I see of the area, it seems that the women appear to maintain their traditional way of tribal clothing.