Kayayei, or head porters, carry the weight of Kantamanto. The Kayayei carry the clothes from location to location, often over a mile in distance, winding through the densely packed roads and narrow aisle ways of the market. These bales weigh between 120 - 200, pounds causing neck and back pain. Despite their vital role in the second hand clothing trade, the Kayayei are underpaid, receiving around $0.50 USD to carry a bale one mile. From this money they must pay for rent and food. The Kayayei working at Kantamanto are mostly women and may find themselves in debt slavery.
This woman is carrying second selection (less desirable) denim to be re-baled and sent to a second hand clothing dealer in Burkina Faso.