Becoming parents was one of the greatest experiences of our lives, and our daughter, Iyla, brought a creative energy within us to life. Like many families, our life encompasses a multitude of cultures; my husband is an American-born Ugandan and I am an Indian-born British mother.
Like many parents, we spent countless hours looking for the best products for our child. We were uninspired, and couldn't find anything that reflected who we are. Not only did we want the best—we wanted memorable, individual pieces that told a story. On a quest to find something that didn't exist, we decided to create our own.
It was during a Thanksgiving trip to the U.S. in 2014 when KampInd truly came to life. Traveling with the first designs of our Bandana bibs, we held a photoshoot in the living room, and Iyla and Niko assumed their natural titles of brand reps. Back then, there was no Twitter handle, there were no product cards, and I don't think any one of us realised how powerful our vision could be.
KampInd was born to solve this problem for all individuals seeking options that reflect worldly cultures and colorful experiences. Our company name represents a merging of cultures. The prefix "Kamp" represents Kampala, which is the capital of Uganda, and the suffix "Ind" represents India. We hold these places close to our hearts, and they always provide us with a sense of inspiration.
We believe everyone is entitled access to quality products representing Global Citizens. We believe in changing the world by stimulating thought, challenging misconceptions and inspiring actions through our products and community. We celebrate the world’s cultures, and invite you to travel with us.
JONAH & SWETHA BATAMBUZE
Jonah Batambuze is a multimedia artist, connector, and globetrotter. A first-generation Ugandan, born in the U.S., Batambuze currently resides outside London, England with his wife and two young children. You can find Batambuze creating content, developing partnerships and managing social media for KampInd and Color Wheel Media.
Jacqueline Lara is president of Mpact PR, LLC, which specialises in developing messaging and raising brand awareness for entrepreneurs and artists positively impacting communities. As creative architect of The ArtFullness Project, Lara explores creative processes, blogs about the intersection of art and business, and documents the process producing doc series, “My Happy Is.” The ArtFullness Project is KampInd's U.S. Distributor, and is Mama to Brand Ambassador Niko and proud Auntie to Brand Ambassador Iyla.