DAPP Projects

“Initiative to improve people’s welfare”

DAPP Zambia has been using the capital raised from the sale of second hands clothes and shoes to plough back into social projects that help communities improve their lives. Through this venture, more than 100 development projects from the surplus funds of the sales have been able to be supported.

In 2019 the 35 DAPP Second Hand Clothes and Shoes retail shops provided employment opportunities to 359 staff in 29 Districts of 9 Provinces of Zambia and further served many other chain traders who buy from the shops for reselling.

Contribution to Climate Change Mitigation

Clothes that are decaying in landfill release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.  Similarly, producing the fibres to make clothing, such as cotton, is energy-intensive and requires large inputs of fossil fuel, water, fertilizer, and pesticides. Reusing clothing and reducing the need for manufacturing new clothes is an easy way to save resources and mitigate climate change.

How does this relate to you?

If you reuse 5 Kg of clothes, you are:

·         Preventing 15-20 Kg of CO2 gasses from polluting the atmosphere

·         Saving 53,000 litres of water

·         Reducing the amount of insecticides released to grow material for new clothes

Stories from chain traders

Ex offender finds freedom in selling DAPP second hand clothes

Jack (not his real name) is 36 years old, and considered himself to have died having spent five years in a Correctional Facility, incarcerated for theft. But now he says that the DAPP Clothes and Shoes shop in Kabwe has created his rebirth.

“I owe the DAPP Shoes and Clothes Shop for my sustenance since I came out of jail. When I was released from prison, I had no idea how I was going to earn a living, until a friend engaged me to be selling his second hand clothes for him at a commission. After three months I managed to raise K300 through savings. With this money I bought pairs of shoes from DAPP shop at K80 each. Within 3 hours I had sold these shoes to office bearers in town and I made a total of K650. That is how I started. I can now boast to have built a two roomed house. I thank DAPP for my rebirth and now I can face the future with confidence,” he said.

DAPP clothes and shoes restore woman’s dignity 

Laika, (not her real name) is 41 years old and a reformed sex worker. For seven years she traded her body for money to supplement her meagre income from the market stall in order to afford a descent life for her two children.

“I dropped out of school in grade ten when I got pregnant at the age of 16, and my Aunty (my late mother’s young sister) who took over the responsibility of paying for my education chased me from her home. That is how I found myself at Kasanda Market selling vegetables to earn money. When I conceived the second time a year later, I attempted suicide after the man responsible for my pregnancy refused and dumped me. And that is when I lost it and went into prostitution thinking I would supplement my income to pay for my rentals and food at home. My life transformed when l started trading in shoes and clothes I bought from DAPP shop. I did not see any need to continue this disgraceful lifestyle when I could make an average of K200 per day and be able to feed and send my two children to school by selling second hand quality clothes. I am now a happy person and quickly earning back my respect in society,” Laika revealed.

Giving back to the community

Surplus income from all the 35 DAPP Second Hand Clothes and Shoes goes towards supporting all the DAPP Zambia social and development projects across the country. 

 At the end of each business cycle in all the DAPP Second Hand Clothes and Shoes shops country wide, there are clothes and shoes that are not sold. These items are collected and sent to a ware house in Ndola to be sorted out in different categories according to their conditions, ready for donation to various beneficiaries.

Category one:  Good clothes and shoes, donated as awards to volunteers

Category two: Clothes and shoes with lower value, but which could still be sold as it is or with repairs, and polishing in case of shoes;

Category three: Rags which are used to make door mats and bed covers to generate income.


In 2019 beneficiaries included volunteers from various DAPP projects such as Child Care Volunteers, Community Health Workers, Community Based Distributors and Youth Champions. The donation acted as a great motivation and reward for the good services they provided to different communities.

Other beneficiaries were Youth Clubs and Action Groups who use the materials for income generation through production of mats as well as repairing and selling part of the clothes. Finally special groups such as incarcerated juveniles benefited as well.


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