The Idea of Pendeza was born in Nyalenda slums Kisumu City where the Founder Mr. William started in engaging young men and women to provide them with skills of spinning, hand weaving and dye. The youths were trained for free to form the human resource for the group and the same time create employment and jobless youths. Pendeza started off in the densely populated slums of Nyalenda, Kisumu, in 1980 and during that time the project operated from the shelter of a shop veranda.
The weaving project was founded in 1980 with special support from the British Government. The think tank behind Pendeza Weaving Project, Mr. William Okello founded the Enterprise at the age of 25 years after attending Technical Training on hand weaving, spinning and dye in 1977 -1979.
Local leaders Starting from provincial administration (chief, District Officers, District Commissioner, Mayor and Top government officials graced the occasion when the British High Commissioner Visited Nyalenda Slum to Donate the handloom and Spinning wheels to initiate Pendeza Project. This was done back in 1980.
Local youths both female and male being trained on how to spin lint into yarn. Training on how to use Traditional spinning wheels takes a period of six months.