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TBM’s Water Hygiene Ministry Expands to Include Soap Making

TBM’s Water Hygiene Ministry Expands to Include Soap Making

Author: Jessica Fletcher/Thursday, May 25, 2017/Categories: Water Ministry News

In developing countries, soap is expensive, valuable, and at times, hard to come by.  By simply washing the hands with soap, hygiene-preventable disease and death can be reduced significantly.  In children under the age of five, the use of soap can reduce their risk of pneumonia by 50%; deaths related to diarrhea can be reduced by 44%; while infant mortality rates can be decreased by 19% when birth attendants wash their hands prior to delivering babies; and 44% when mothers wash their hands prior to touching their babies.

The TBM Water Ministry is partnering with E4712 Artisan Soaps and Lovin Soap Project to help provide women in developing countries a path out of poverty by equipping them to become self-sustaining through the making and selling of artisan soaps. We educate women on how to use local, renewable sources to create inexpensive, yet effective bars of soap to help maintain basic health and sanitation while also providing a source of income.

We help empower women in developing countries to become self-sufficient/reliant by teaching them to be small business owners/entrepreneurs. TBM partners with E4712 Artisan Soaps and Lovin Soap Project to train women about the basics of soap making, entrepreneurship, and business strategies. We teach them how to make “utility bars” for local use in the community, which is an inexpensive, basic bar of soap for daily use. Then we also train them how to make “boutique” quality bars, which are scented, colorized, and come in attractive packaging to sell in local markets. One boutique style bar will generally pay for supplies to make 10 utility bars.


TBM sponsors the projects and mentors them as they begin to sell and grow their small businesses. All equipment and materials will be left on site for the group to continue making soap using the funds from each boutique style bar that they sell.


What is covered in the training?


•  Safety and Procedures

•  Renewable Sourcing

  Equipment Selection and Maintenance

•  Basic and Advanced Soap Making

•  Goal Setting 

  Pricing and Marketing

  Packaging and Branding


How much does it cost?


A one-time setup fee of $1,000 covers the initial costs of training and includes:  


•  Silicone Molds

•  Soap Cutter

•  Raw materials for their first batches of soap

•  Scales and equipment


If you are interested in donating to help support the Soap Making segment/project of the TBM Water Ministry, please click here.