In Summary
  • After completion of the work, her first client paid her Sh10,200.
  • This was her first payment of the work she had done in barely a week.
  • “I was very excited and this motivated me to open a Facebook page where I started posting anything I made.”
  • In less than a year, 20-year-old Ms Sintamei has established a clientele who contact her through various platforms which include Facebook page and networking with friends.
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Joy Sintamei, 20, joined college Multimedia University of Kenya in 2016 to pursue Mass Communication after a long debate with her mother about her career choice.

After two semesters, she was unable to continue with her studies due to financial challenges.

Being a firstborn in a family of three, she felt she had to be a role model and had to be busy despite being away from school.

“I was torn in between joining nursing school, which was my mum’s choice, or specialising in interior design which she fully disputed. I opted for mass communication,” she said.

After staying away from school, she grew more desperate for something to keep her busy.

This became harder on meeting her colleagues who were still going on with their studies.

“I used to meet friends at the movie joints who are still going on with their studies and wondered how I would see myself back to school.”

Joy Sintamei Sendeu displays some of her great products during an interview in Nakuru County September 14, 2017. PHOTO| AYUB MUIYURO

She asked friends to help her find a job but none of them offered help.

“Having no academic papers made it hard for me to apply for any job.”

She used internet and other platforms to look for business ideas and job offers but none of them led to a venture of her interest.
“One of my friends who was already operating a successful business asked me what I loved doing most and advised it could be my starting point. Ever since I was a little girl, I had passion for interior décor even though I never got a chance to put it into practice.”

Ms Sintamei told her friend that given a chance, she would offer solutions to interior décor at a fee.

"With nothing to show for my work, he gave me an order to make for him 18 pillows and gave me Sh2,000 as deposit for the work. I used the money to purchase Jara print material for the work.”

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