BU-SOAP-A. A Rural Soap Initiative
This year B.T began work on a project teaching women – but not restricted to – in rural communities how to produce and market saleable liquid soap products.The two main goals of this project are improved, community driven hygiene education, and revenue generation for the poorest members of the community.
The plans for the programme were drawn up by Imperial College students during their summer placement and are currently being implemented by our Jinja office. During their time in Uganda the students noticed that in many communities soap was not always affordable or, in many cases, available at all, which led to the formation of the BUSOAPA initiative. This initiative aims to encourage entrepreneurial individuals to produce their own soap to sell to their local communities. The simple fact is that hand washing saves lives – washing hands after using the toilet or before handling food, for example, is an easy and affordable intervention that can reduce diarrhoea among children under five by almost 50 per cent, and cut respiratory infections by as much as 25 per cent. In fact, hand washing with soap is the single most cost-effective life-saving intervention there is. We hope this small investment will both save and financially improve the lives of those who participate. Watch our social media channels for updates on the programme throughout the year.