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Feature Friday | Judith Akinyi

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MEET JUDITH

We are excited to introduce our first Kenyan Brand Ambassador, Judith! This season, we opened up our Brand Ambassador program to both the United States and Kenya. We are excited to be featuring amazing women from the country where our products are made. 

 

Tell us more about you! 

I'm a coastal girl, born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya. I'm 22 years turning 23 on 5th July. I've always loved art, basically any kind of handmade art; painting,drawing, card making, mat making, beadwork and I'm happy to say I've been doing all of that since I was 3 years old. Each stage of my life has had an artistic side and currently I'm on mat making ( door mats,bedside rugs,carpets). I thank my family for playing a great role in nurturing my talent, the artistic side of me comes from my dad. My mom has taught me how to be hardworking and self motivated in anything I touch. I also love cooking and natural hair.
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What is something weird/quirky about you?
I like working alone even if it means longer working time because it's satisfying at the end. If you insist on helping me I'll only let you do the smallest part and I'll eventually take over.
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What is your favorite food? 
My favourite food is coconut fish curry(samaki wa kupaka) .
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What is something you have overcome as a woman in this world? 
I grew up in a community where young men often steal from women because they see them as weak. These men recruit boys as young as 10 year olds and teach them how to handle weapons...I have experienced such incidences twice where they tried beating me so that they could steal from me. Luckily, I was strong enough to hold on to my belongings and scream for help. Being in such situations has taught me to be brave and I thank God in both incidences I was neither injured in any way nor stolen from.
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What are you most proud of in the work that you do? How do you empower those around you?
I'm most proud of being able to inspire other women with what I do. I have taught other women in my community how to make doormats, I think it's a decent way of making money. I love using my hands because I never get tired of creating and I believe anything handmade is satisfying and speaks volumes. I love encouraging other people to believe in themselves because no one will believe in you if you don't.
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What drew you to become a Brand Ambassador for Imani Collective?

First of all, the fact that Imani Collective sells Handmade products - I was so touched. Women empowerment and sustainability are things that stand for ,I felt like the entire brand speaks to me. Being able to be a brand ambassador for Imani Collective will help me inspire people and I hope they will understand its mission of empowering women artisans and ethically made products.

 

Follow Judith on Instagram at  @jolie.am

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