Sindhi in Kenya

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Sindhi merchants moved to Zanzibar, East Africa, in the early 19th century, and in 1883 the first Sindhi emigrated from Zanzibar to Kenya. Shortly after that, other merchants moved from Sindh in modern day Pakistan, to Mombasa where they opened textile shops. Owners employed fellow Sindhis, and their numbers grew. Some set up branches in Nairobi, though most stayed in Mombasa.

Where Are they Located?

Sindhis originated in what is now Pakistan's Sindh Province. During the 1947 Partition, Hindu Sindhis in what was becoming Muslim Pakistan, fled for their lives to India. They are especially populous in India, but they also live in many countries of the world including Kenya, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Singapore, the US, and the Philippines.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Sindhis are noted for their ability to prosper as businessmen. Some are in other kinds of high-paying jobs. In Kenya they have their own organizations like the Sindhi Family Welfare Society that makes sure members of their community have their needs met.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sindhi Hindus in Kenya follow Hindu rites and rituals, but they revere the Sikh holy book Sri Guru Granth Sahib with its teachings from 10 Sikh Gurus. The founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak, was born in 1469. His portrait, along with those of other Sikh Gurus, hangs in their Hindu temples.

What Are Their Needs?

Sindhis are among the world's best international businessmen. As such, they are usually much more in touch with the business world, which has helped them prosper economically. It is very difficult for people like this to have the spiritual hunger to seek and find Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Sindhi in Kenya.

* Pray that Almighty God will unloose His power and touch the hearts of the Hindu Sindhis in Kenya. May they understand how much He loves them and longs to adopt them into His holy family.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will raise up and send God's children to draw Sindhis to the Father.
* Pray for Sindhis in Kenya to be discipled in the ways of Jesus, and teach their children to do the same.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sindhi
People Name in Country Sindhi
Population this Country 3,400
Population all Countries 173,000
Total Countries 8
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 14192
ROP3 Code 109027
Country Kenya
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Kenya
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

No people group map currently available. Use the above button to submit a map.

Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Sindhi (3,400 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Sindhi (3,400 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Common Language New Testament
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
95.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
5.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Khalid Mahmood - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


Welcome. I’m a virtual assistant and will try to answer questions about Joshua Project, unreached people groups, the Great Commission and more. How can I help you?

For further help try our FAQ, Definitions or Contact Us pages.