LINDI - African Shirt Company Co-Founder

Lindi is a 3rd generation Kenyan and with Kenya still her home. Growing up and attending primary school in Kenya, Lindi then went to Dublin for secondary school and college.  After graduating from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin in 2010 with a BA Hons degree in Fine Print, Lindi worked aboard a yacht traveling the world before settling back in Kenya in 2012. On the return home she got involved in numerous conservation projects and is currently the interim factory manager for SOKO Kenya, a clothing production workshop for the export market that aims to create sustainable, fair employment and offer training and skills to some of Kenya’s poorest people.

 Lindi is responsible for all production and logistics in Kenya.  Her passion for the local community and conservation lends itself to the successful management of the Village Workshops set up by the African Shirt Company.   

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JOAN - African Shirt Company Co-Founder

Joan was born and raised on the West Coast of Ireland.  Having always been a visual person with a love for design, she attended the Manchester Metropolitan University where she graduated with a 1st class Hons degree in Fashion Design and Technology. After working as a garment technician and a product designer in Ireland she moved to London to work as a designer for PUMA. She has now moved to Mallorca where she works in the Camper headquarters as manager of Women's shoes. 

 

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CLARA - African Shirt Company Workshop Manager

Clara was born in Rukanga Village in Kenya and grew up with her mother, and siblings while her father had to move to the city to work. She attended Rukanga Primary School but didn’t get the opportunity to attend secondary school.  At the age of 16 she went to Gilgil Polytechnic and studied Tailoring and Dressmaking for 2 years. After that, she worked part-time as a cleaner, but she always kept up with her dress making skills by using the sewing machines of her employers to make uniforms and personal clothing for customers in Taita Hills.  After doing this for 4 years, she moved to Kitege to marry her husband Newton in 2006 at the age of 22. They now have 2 children, Henry and Happy.

By working with The African Shirt Company, Clara has been able to fulfill her dream of becoming a successful seamstress as well as stepping up to the challenge of training other ladies from the village. Making clothes is her passion and she hopes to own her own tailoring shop one day.