The expansion of the local leather industry has provided a lucrative alternative market for local hides and skins traders who previously exported the raw materials to other countries.
Many traders have been selling hides and skins to neighbouring countries especially Kenya and Uganda, which has caused a scarcity and affected the nascent tanning industry.
In the past, these traders cited lack of a viable market for locally-sourced hides and skins, hence exporting them despite the high cost of transportation. “There was no ready market for hides and skins, which is why we opted for outside markets, but things are changing as we now have a number of factories and we shall be selling to these factories” said Hassan Hakizimana, a hides and skins trader. Read more. Source| Rwanda Today