Empower 500 Women in Ghana with Microcredit Loans

by Self-Help International
Feb 7, 2011

Soap Making Important Value Added Product

Olivia with soap ready for market
Olivia with soap ready for market

In January, the Self-Help executive director had the opportunity to watch the Nokware women in Ghana make soap from their palm oil.  It was a real treat that must be shared with all of you!  Enthusiasm and excitement among 30 women was contagious. They proudly demonstrated their new trade - making laundry soap from their palm oil - and with each step in the process their faces were beaming!

In review, screw presses (purchased through your gifts) squeeze more oil from palm fruits increasing the amount of oil extracted. In addition, presses reduce time the required to process oil.  Increased oil, harvest time for palm oil, and bumper crops can cause gluts in the market and low prices for palm oil.  Having the alternative  to make and sell laundry soap is proving to be a real asset by adding value to their oil and family incomes.

Currently the six groups have three molds.  Each mold makes 72 bars, usually sold within two days.  An average family in Ghana uses two bars of laundry soap each week, so the market is ever present.  The next step is to acquire funding to purchase more molds so that each women's groups have molds!  The women are so proud of their product and thank you for believing in them through your support!   

making soap
making soap
  • Miriam E
    Miriam E Thanks for the update and photos; these bring your very valuable work alive! Best wishes for your great project!
    • 6 years ago
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Location: Waverly, IA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.selfhelpinternational.org
Project Leader:
Nora Tobin
Waverly, IA United States
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