Recently had a chat with one of the hottest and most ground-breaking innovators of our TIME. Kristine Mutebi, co-founder of 1620 footsteps.
I believe her work speaks for itself, no need for introductions. But what we all want to know (yes you and i). Where did this idea come up? How? When? So many questions. But hey buckle up, get some juice and let’s get our note books ready. Lots of learning and motivation here.
WHAT IS 1620 FOOTSTEPS
Ugandan based design business that makes all its products unique through incorporating African material in all its designs.
We stand out mostly because our car accessories are with an African touch.
Most people are fascinated by the originality of this concept. (lol yes, we are)
It was started in 2016. Hence the name. The footsteps part is a symbol for moving forward and taking it step by step.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START?
Always been an ambitious person, done stuff on my own and always wanted to have something called mine. One that I would love, nature and be a good source of income.
So, after scratching my head with some friends and analyzing the Ugandan market, we come up with the concept under 1620 footsteps.
Our business has a long list of other products besides car accessories. We have sleeping masks in addition to the car accessories.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WORK ON IT DAY AFTER DAY.
It hasn’t been a smooth ride, but we are a team that includes the other co-founder, Gilbert and other members.
Most of the inspiration comes from working with a team that shares a similar dream. In addition to that, my co-founder Gilbert and other team mates make it worth pushing. Each time we sit down and plan further.
Also, the appreciation and satisfaction from our customers is an amazing feeling. It gives us the reassurance that we are on the right track and somehow it motivates us to keep pushing on.
Let’s not forget the money(hihihi)
WHAT PROBLEM ARE YOU SOLVING?
Besides being beautiful our products are a necessity.
The car accessories
Seat covers protect the seats of the car from getting dirty from sweat, hair oils and other sorts of dirt a car is subjected to. Also give the car a great new look since some seats get old over the years and with a touch of 1620 they look as good as new.
The wheel covers give the driver comfort while driving hence easier for one to drive without worries.
Mostly used by airline travelers during flight naps but also anyone that needs a goodnight rest. Especially people with roommates, that need a goodnight rest. Mostly those whose roommates insist on sleeping late or with the lights on. roommates that sleep late or insist on.With masks you will not be disturbed in your sleep.
Enough for today, part two will be out sooner than you know it. Miss 1620 footsteps will be giving us some tips on running a successful business and so much more. For those that have more questions on this piece please comment or send me a DM to address them further.
Till next time, thank you for the read.