A Solution to a Problem
The in-kind donation model is doing more harm than good. Development aid, which includes food donations, clothing donations and other types of in-kind donations, distort local markets, devastate local farmers and entrepreneurs, and further undercut the economy of the communities they are intended to serve. The inability to clothe, house, or feed a family is only a symptom of the real problem– extreme poverty. Development aid and in-kind donations from well-meaning companies don’t solve the issue, instead acting as a Band-Aid for a system in need of long-term solutions for economic development. Our neighbors need a different kind of help.
How We’re Different
Our model provides skill training and support through soap making workshops until independent operation is possible, and the soap making business is handed off creating self-sufficiency. The soaps produced both in the teaching workshops, and after the business is operated independently of the Lovin’ Soap Project, are purchased, sold through our website, specialty retailers, and other outlets, and 100% of the proceeds are reinvested into the project.
An Added Benefit
The Lovin’ Soap Project provides women with the skills and knowledge to make soap as a micro-business to support their families. As a result, women gain the ability to use excess soap from the process for their own family’s hygiene. In addition, with their comprehension of how soaps are formulated, what types of ingredients are necessary, and the instruction provided on local sourcing, inexpensive yet effective soaps can be made outside their business to help maintain basic health and sanitation.
The Best Gift of All
Handouts of shoes or other goods will eventually wear out leaving the recipient in the same desperate situation. By teaching a skill and having a strategy for business hand off, women can feed their families, achieve a sense of dignity, and create a legacy to pass on to future generations including knowledge of the trade, and most of all, prosperity.
Thank you for your support!