Shantelle 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.
Beth 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 Intl, 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.
Steph Boon is a cofounder and director of Design, Marketing and Discipleship. She has lived in Tanzania since March, 2012. Her and Aaron have been married since 2003 and have five children, Joseph, Kennedy, Claire, Elliot and Isaya. Steph’s 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 gosepl. In her free time Steph loves being outdoors with her family, dreaming up new designs, reading, yoga, raising her pigs, goats and chickens, traveling to new places, hosting many guests, and spending spare time kayaking in the Indian Ocean.
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 named Solomon and a daughter named Neema "Nee". 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.
Maryciana is an assistant manager, trainer, and designer at Sifa Threads. A former student, who we have had the privilege of watching turn into an incredible designer, a confident leader, and a student of God's Word. We are grateful to have Maryciana on our team and are blessed by her hard work, her eye for design, and developing talent.
Rehema is an assistant manager and trainer of year-one students. She is a graduate of Sifa Threads. Her kind heart and love make it easy for the students to follow her. She is talented in teaching and a patient leader. She joins the other staff in discipling our students and teaching them how to study God's Word. Everyone loves Rehema and our days are brightened by her joy!
Our Tazara Adventure Bag is loved by all...even the furry friends in our lives. These beauties will be available for the first time this Saturday at the Cincinnati City Flea! #sifathreads #bywomenforwomen #sifaleather #daressalaam #clothedinstrength @thecityflea
It still feels like a dream that God provided this incredible place for us at a price that doesn’t make sense, but was exactly the small amount that we could afford. Come visit and enjoy the beauty with us at our training center and our self-serve coffee bar, The Loft. Karibuni Sifa Threads. #sifathreads #clothedinstrength #daressalaam #sifa #bywomenforwomen
The dream team. We laugh a lot, cry many tears of both joy and sorrow together, forgive without keeping records, pray together, dream together, free ourselves to honestly share & then carry one another’s burdens, restart when mistakes are made, rebuild after restarting, and always seek to love unconditionally. Though each has such a different story of how God brought us to Sifa, we are united by our passion for Jesus and for the women of Dar es Salaam. #sifathreads #clothedinstrength #sifa #bywomenforwomen @sifathreads
Just 3 weeks until our students graduate. Every year brings the same feelings; we could burst with joy at how proud we are of each of their many accomplishments, we could weep out how much we will miss them, we won’t but definitely want to follow their every move as they step out on their own using all they have learned and planned for their lives and their futures, and could simultaneously tremble and jump for joy at the thought of opening our hearts and our lives up to another group of students. Please pray for protection, bravery and provision for our graduating students. God has been good to Sifa and we give him all the glory. #sifathreads #clothedinstrength #bywomenforwomen #sifa
A candid moment with some our beautiful students #sifathreads #clothedinstrength #bywomenforwomen #sifa #daressalaam
Our students are working hard on their final project before graduation; their big, exciting Fashion Show! Come support our students and enjoy a night of celebrating the beginning of their dreams of being designers and tailors coming true. You won’t want to miss this night if you live in Dar es Salaam! .
Pick up your tickets at The Loft, while enjoying a nice cold brew coffee with homemade vanilla creamer, with our new chicken wraps and zucchini brownies! ❤️
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Did you know that we use treadle machines at Sifa which operate by pumping a foot pedal? Why? Because these dependable machines use no electricity. After graduating, our students can set up their machines literally anywhere without needing electricity to run their business. .
Have you ever tried using a treadle machine? Stop by Sifa and our students & staff would love to give you a chance to try.
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We never forgets our kids! Custom clothes, headbands, pillows, prints with matching hand-printed stuffed animals are ready for the @artisanmarket.tz! #clothedinstrength #sifastyle #daressalaam #sifathreads #bywomenforwomen
Kimonos are coming to the @artisanmarket.tz on Saturday! #daressalaam #sifathreads #clothedinstrength #sifastyle #bywomenforwomen
Complete leather line displayed for the first time at the @artisanmarket.tz this Saturday. Limited number of Masaki Totes & Africana Backpacks, washbags, Safari passport & boarding pass wallets, and more! Get there early.
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Welcome To Sifa
We would love to see you at our center in Dar es Salaam. Contact us to set up a tour, book a Batik Class (taught by our staff and students), or just drop into “The Loft” for some coffee.