Sarilla was created by Sara Stender Delaney, a global activist, and social entrepreneur. She is a working mother in Asheville, NC, who was looking for more healthy but fun nonalcoholic options in the land of a thousand breweries. She began experimenting with her looseleaf tea at home and had an idea to carbonate the cold brew. She sought out more skills and launching ground at the Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast. Sara put her passion, skills and determination into accomplishing a quality product for the beverage industry. She launched Silverback on Tap™ at the September 2017 Asheville Coffee Expo and started to work with a local area brewery.
Sara is driven by a larger mission to serve humanity and to identify empowering solutions to global problems. Since first learning about the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, she has been inspired by the courage of Rwanda and sought out to live there, knowing it would be fertile soil for identifying her calling. She spent almost a year working with people who had lost loved ones during the genocide, managing a restaurant that served as a hands-on training facility for survivors.
Before Sarilla, Sara founded the nonprofit organization Africa Healing Exchange (AHE), established to assist Rwandan Genocide survivors with trauma healing. Today the organization operates a 3-part program designed for global replication: Heal - Connect - Sustain. AHE is in the process of opening up virtual services to anyone in the world for greater access to resiliency.
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