Saran Kaba

Saran Headshot Saran Kaba co-founded Guinée Espoir in 2004 with her twin sister Sarata Kaba. Born in New York City she spent 7 years of her life in Guinea, Conakry. Saran received her MA in Public Administration from Baruch College, School of Public Affairs and holds a BA in International Studies from The City College of New York, CUNY. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Saran worked as a fundraising and nonprofit management professional for a number of non-profit organizations in New York City, including Equality Now, amfAR, Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, Ubuntu Education Fund, The Center for Reproductive Rights and The Participatory Budgeting Project. She is currently working in Senegal serving the Peace Corps as a Response Volunteer and bringing her Organizational Development and Grant Writing expertise to the SEED Project, an organization working to empower the next generation of African leaders through basketball.  Saran earned The Honorable Mention Award for the Baruch College and Merrill Lynch Invitational Entrepreneurship Competition a few years ago with a proposal pertaining to how to effectively deal with the lack of secondary school education in Guinea (KARAN). In 2015, she co-wrote a bilingual children’s book called: Les Trois Petits Oiseaux. Passionate about photography, she is the owner of Photography by Sasa. Saran also speaks French, Mandinka, Spanish and is currently learning Wolof. She loves to travel and discover the world.

Sarata Kaba-Fofana

Sarata Headshot Sarata is the Co-Founder of Guinée Espoir. She was born and raised in NYC, but spent 7 years of her life in Guinea. Having traveled to different parts of the world, Sarata has a great appreciation for different cultures, traditions and people.  She is a seasoned event, PR, Marketing and fundraising professional with over 10 years of experience in the industry. Sarata has planned successful events which have generated millions of dollars in revenue for businesses and organizations in New York City. In 2014, after years of working with various organizations including, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation,  Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Lycée Français de New York, Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, Sarata founded her own event consulting firm: Joli Papillon Events + Consulting. She received her MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business.