Tindi Nancy was born in the agricultural town of Eldoret, Kenya. Growing up, Tindi craved for independence and life away from home, so she jumped at the first chance to go to Nairobi for university. It is at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology that she developed an interest in African jewelry and it turned into a side hustle. After graduating, Tindi was not so lucky in getting a job and because she was just sick of the whole job search she decided to grow her side gig into an actual business.
It’s been three years since Tindi went full time and she says she has no regrets. Being an entrepreneur has made her grow in a lot of ways and she has also invested in meaningful relationships along the way.
You create and supply Maasai tribe jewellery. Can you brief us on the Maasai culture and why jewellery is important to them?
How do you decide what you want to create?
Beyond applying basic techniques, how do you evoke an emotional response to your work?
I reckon jewellery making requires patience especially when you are making a piece with small beads. What other attributes are important for a jewellery maker?
What’s the most valuable lesson you have learnt?
What materials and techniques do you favour?
I enjoy working with beads, l love being surrounded by vibrant colors. It is versatile, and I get to put it on almost everything from bags to shoes as well as other accessories.
How often do you release new collections?
What’s your favourite solo outing?
You are launching an online marketplace in May, what are your expectations?