Around the world, over 7 million children die each year from diseases that could have been prevented from simple hand washing. And every year, a typical 400 room hotel generates 3.5 tons of solid soap waste. Also, countless women leave their children and work long hours in unsafe environments for drastically low wages.
Soap for Hope works to solve these global problems by collecting the soap waste, employing local women to recycle it, and then handing it out to children with reduced access to sanitation and hygiene.
We are incredibly proud of our involvement in this program and our partnership with Sealed Air!
It works by utilizing a spinning wooden handle connected to a threaded rod and aluminum plate, which cold- presses recycled soap into bars using an aluminum mold.
The Soap for Hope program is centered around community involvement. Local hotels provide the sanitized soap, disadvantaged members of the community are paid to make the soap, and local nonprofits distribute it.
Oung Sophal is 34 years old and lives in Berng Chuk village in Cambodia. She works 7 days a week for very little pay in a private sewing factory. The working conditions are dire. Sophal explains, "I have a five year old son at home. I need to take care of him."
Working as a soap maker for Soap for Hope has allowed Sophal to make up to $50 a month, doubling what she makes at the sewing factory.
"Making the soap only takes a few hours each month, I can do it at home while watching my son. Making soap is a very good experience for me. I am happy to work on this soap project to help my people and support my family. I hope this project will continue long into the future."