Kendi finds her life calling preserving beauty of blooms for up to 2 years

Preserved flowers, rather than fresh ones, are gradually becoming an interior design option. And Kendi Kamanja, a florist, is pushing the boundaries on what constitutes a beautiful bouquet of dried flowers.

Business Daily Africa meets her at her factory in Kikuyu, teeming with workers in the process of drying the flowers, some unloading fresh-cut roses that have just arrived from Eldoret, and others preparing a flower wall for a photoshoot. The wall is filled with different color patterns of the preserved hydrangea flowers.

“This is my calling. Nothing makes me happier than working with flowers. Being able to play around with different ideas and seeing what comes out of them is my life’s purpose,” she tells the BDLife at her company Kendily Petals, which preserves natural flowers.

Nine years ago, Ms. Kamanja left her career to follow her first love, flowers. But it took years to actualize the business.


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