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!
| Who You Will See At Sifa |
Mama Ramson is the newest member of our leadership team but over these last two years she has become an invaluable part of Sifa. .
You will find her working hard behind the scenes, busy in the kitchen teaching our students both cooking and baking skills and cooking up her famous kuku and mchuzi, or in the office working on accounting, teaching batik dying classes, overseeing the staff, helping students, keeping track of materials, and just about everything else. She can kind of do it all.
One of the most special things about Mama Ramson is her ability to look below the surface of problems and help our students discover the root causes of issues in their lives. She has a God-given gift in counseling others and helping our students find hope when many others would turn their backs. .
Sifa isn’t just a job for Mama Ramson. This woman breathes compassion and fights for the weak and she lives this out in her life outside of work. Mama Ramson and her husband Amani, who happens to be our amazing property manager, have taken children into their home and raised them like family. Their love for the Lord and compassion for people are contagious. We are blessed to have both of them in our lives. Say hello to them next time you are at Sifa and feel free to remind Mama Ramson how special she is (we think that her dimples are pretty adorable as well)!
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| Who You Will See At Sifa |
This pint-sized powerhouse, Brittany, not only runs The Loft but she is also a nurse who is passionate about women’s health and community health education. .
Her and Elizabeth, who is also a nurse (with baby Ethan in tow *pic 2) are a dynamite team and have blessed our students with informative seminars about women’s health, who are always ready to help with any health need that comes up with our students and provide them with women’s health counseling. .
They also run a ministry called Mama Love right inside the Sifa and Breathe Compound. Mama Love is a free service for pregnant women to receive prenatal counseling, gospel-centered spiritual nourishment, and health education to guide them before, during and after delivery. Make sure you say hello to Brittany and Elizabeth when you see them around Sifa! #bywomenforwomen #clothedinstrength #sifa #sifathreads @bb.james
I’m just hanging out, learning right alongside of my Mama. Karibu Sifa! #bywomenforwomen #sifathreads #clothedinstrength
We hope your Wednesday is as happy as ours has been today! Over 30 women in one house...and it's pretty much this kind of joy every day. We all work hard to support one another, encouraging each other, and stand united together as each student reaches for her dreams! Join us in encouraging a woman in your life today...just because! #clothedinstrength #bywomenforwomen #wanawakewasifa #sifathreads
This woman right here...our fearless leader. She is truly one-of-a-kind. She’s intelligent, passionate, entrepreneurial, and extremely hard-working. She lives her life for the glory of God while continually pouring herself out for each of our students. She’s become “mama” to students and graduates all throughout this country. They look to her as a woman of strength and dignity, but more importantly she has taught them to look to Christ. Mama Sule’s love for God, passion to share the hope of the gospel with women throughout Tanzania and live a life that is not looking to her own needs, but looking out for the needs of others, is a humbling example to us all. We thank God for Mama Sule. #clothedinstrength #bywomenforwomen #sifathreads #daressalaam
The Sifa Fashion Show is also our student’s final project. We are reliving just a few of the amazing moments from this past May’s show through these pictures. What looks would you love to see from our students this coming year? #clothedinstrength #sifa #bywomenforwomen #daressalaam #sifafashion
Hate boarding passes getting lost or bent in your travels? Ya, so did we! That’s why we created this passport/boarding wallet/card holder. Our leather travel wallets make the best gifts for all those who love to wander! .
These are also all handmade by our students who are learning leather craft as a way to support themselves in their future local businesses. Every penny from sales goes back to Sifa; equipping women with business, artisanal, and entrepreneurial skills and the hope of the gospel. So, shopping Sifa means everyone wins! .
Our online shop is coming very soon...until then look for these at our training center/shop in Dar es Salaam, in local markets in the States, or through ordering a Boutique in a Box for all your friends to shop through (our most fun option!). Link in bio for getting your Sifa Boutique in a Box. #clothedinstrength #sifathreads #sifaleather #bywomenforwomen
Our Sifa Batiks have never, EVER looked this adorable! Thanks @thecollinskids for dressing your beautiful family in Sifa! #clothedinstrength #sifa #sifathreads #daressalaam #bywomenforwomen
Thank you CGNT for your story on Sifa! Karibuni tena! Tunawashukuru sana.
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Whether you are stopping in for some for coffee and a meeting at “The Loft”, getting a guided tour, taking a batik class, shopping in our boutique, or having some custom work done by our design interns, we are always excited to welcome guests! Karibuni sana Sifa!
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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.