Sabena and Clare first fell in love with Kenyan culture in 2013, studying and working in the country. After working in community development in different regions of the world, work and fate brought the two of them to Mombasa, Kenya in 2017 where they met for the first time.
With a mutual passion for cultural exchange, good stories and matatu-fueled adventures, Sabena and Clare went on to learn from the fishing villages along the Swahili Coast, the mountain communities of Ethiopia, and of course, the labyrinth-like markets of Mombasa’s central business district.
Throughout their journeys, the wisdom of tenacious women and the stories of community-driven change inspired Sabena and Clare to collaborate with their local community to develop TENA, a sustainable social enterprise that drives cultural awareness, environmental advocacy and economic empowerment.
TENA honors its founding values by handcrafting with local kanga fabric, upcycling previously-loved denim and insuring that profits re-enter the local economy through employment and training.
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