Director of Outreach & Growth for MFC Tie-Dye Inc.
Sarah Bibbey is from Laporte, Colorado, USA, and currently lives in Bellingham, Washington, USA. Sarah, sometimes known as “Afia”, first came to Ghana in 2012 as part of the US State Department’s YES Abroad Program. Her time in Ghana blew her mind, and she spent most of her university years planning trips back. Sarah is a co-founder of the Ghanaian/British NGO Enliven Mama Africa, which provides scholarships for young mothers in rural areas around Kumasi to attend seamstress trade school. She served as Enliven Mama Africa’s foreign managing director for three years, and now serves as a project adviser. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Colorado State University.
During her undergraduate, Sarah authored two papers: “Exploring Experiences in the Enliven Mama Africa Seamstress Class in Besease, Ghana” and “Voices of Leaders in Ghana’s Disability Rights Movement.” Both are in the early stages of revision for publication. For MFC, Sarah has collaborated with Matilda and DL to create knitted products. Round-loom knitting is an activity that people with a variety of abilities can participate in, so has fit in well with MFC’s work. Sarah can carry a short conversation in Twi, and is nearly fluent in Spanish. Outside her work in Ghana, Sarah has studied in Costa Rica and worked in homelessness service provision in the United States. Sarah believes that gender equity, disability rights, and poverty reduction are connected. Sarah has found great value in the power of qualitative research to amplify voices.
- Project Adviser, Enliven Mama Africa
- Citizen Diplomacy Challenge Winner, International Exchange Alumni