Sifa Threads was started BY women FOR women. God has knit together the hearts of the leadership of Sifa Threads to work together for HIS glory and for the young women of Dar es Salaam.
Maria (Mama Sule) is the manager of Sifa Threads. She has been with Sifa Threads since the beginning of 2015. She blesses our girls with love, lots of counselling, and a passion for teaching God's Word. Mama Sule has a son names Solomon. She is also an active part in training our girls in batik, screen printing, and other design techniques. She has an eye for design, a heart for young women, and a passion for Christ that is contagious to all around her.
Beth Calmes is a cofounder and director of Administration, Academics and Leadership at Sifa Threads. Alongside her husband Mitch she has worked in Tanzania since 1996 with the Baptist Bible Fellowship Int’l, sharing the hope of the Gospel through various means and ministries. She is passionate about ladies’ ministry, especially regarding biblical training and the writing of women’s Bible studies in Swahili. Beth loves reading and learning and holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree from Liberty University. She currently lives with her husband, Mitch and youngest daughter, Abbey in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Beth also has two other daughters, Stephi and Caity, and a son-in-law, Ryan. She has recently become the extremely proud Bibi (Swahili for grandmother) to two sweet babies, Riley and Caden.
Shantelle Brutsman is a cofounder and Director of Communications and International Sales at Sifa Threads. She has worked in Tanzania since 2012. Her passion is seeing lives transformed by the Gospel. She holds a bachelors degree from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO in International Studies and Elementary Education. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to the beach, being with friends, and volleyball.
Steph is co-founder and Director of Marketing, Design, and Discipleship at Sifa Threads. She has lived in Tanzania since 2012. She is married to Aaron, with 4 children: 3 girls, Kennedy, Claire and Elliot and an adopted son, Joseph. Her favorite thing about Sifa Threads is watching young women find their voices, confidence, and identity in Christ and in turn see them begin to impact those around them with the gospel. In her free time Steph loves being outdoors with her family, dreaming up new designs, reading, raising her pigs, goats, & chickens, traveling to new places, hosting many guests, and spending any spare time kayaking in the Indian Ocean.