Take a look at the short film below to hear from Christine Musyoki, member of the Wendo wa Meko Self Help Group, on how the soap-making programme has changed their lives.

Handwashing with soap and water saves lives. It is a fact that we've all been made aware of, over and over again, with the arrival of COVID-19. Handwashing with soap and water also prevents other more common, but nonetheless life-threatening, diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia. The truth is, diarrhea is the second leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide. 

The good news is these deaths can be prevented. Studies have found that washing hands with soap and water prevents 4 in 10 cases of diarrhea. Further, it was found that children living in communities and households where soap is readily available and handwashing is practiced, have half the rates of diarrhea than children living without. 

It is because of these facts that Just a Drop incorporates soap-making into our sanitation and hygiene training. The programme ensures that the schools and communities we work in have the sustainable supply of soap needed to maintain high standards of hygiene. 

In addition, the programme has the added benefit of doubling up as a means of generating income. During the soap-making training, we provide the ingredients and materials needed for the training to be conducted. The first batch of soap is designed to produce more soap than is required for use, allowing for the excess to be sold locally in the market - an activity which will recoup costs and make enough money to produce the next batch, making the whole activity entirely sustainable.

Profits from the soap-making is used to buy seeds, to grow crops on farms, and in the case of Christine Musyoki, to buy a goat! 

We used to suffer from various water borne diseases like diarrhoea before the training. But now that is a thing of the past. Our lives have fully transformed for the better. And better still, we are making money out of it. This to me is one of the greatest achievements that makes me happy and proud. - Job Mulinge Nzioki, 55, Wendo wa Meko Self Help Group member