Our soap and hygiene education program’s goal are not only to improve health but also to restore self-dignity to our beneficiaries. Some of our beneficiaries have said that when their children use our soap, their skin rashes diminish. They also fall sick less which contributes to their school absenteeism rate dropping and they feel much better about themselves.
OUR SUCCESS STORIES
One mother in the Philippines even told us that her husband felt more confident and she thought that that confidence contributed to him getting a better job. This contributed to him earning a better income to support his family.
Our hygiene kit programs serve many homeless people in the U.S. We sometimes collaborate with other organizations to provide not only hygiene care but also hair-cuts, dental check-ups, clean clothes, shelter with a permanent address and with that, get a social security number and a job. This helps some of our homeless beneficiaries get off the street.
These are some examples of our programs’ key achievements, which is to help people in need break out of the cycle of poverty and become self-reliant. Helping our beneficiaries regain back their self-dignity is why we call our recycling process “giving soap with dignity”.
OUR “EXCELLENT” BARS OF SOAP
We have come a long way since 2009 when our founder Shawn Siepler first started out of his garage. Back then, he and a handful of his family members sat on upside-down pickle buckets, scraping used bars of soap with potato peelers. Now we have dedicated Soap Whisperers across different continents scraping, sterilising and remoulding used bars of soap to create what Shawn calls an “excellent” bar of good-as-new soap. And what do some of our beneficiaries think about how we create new bars from used bars of soap? Their answer, “It’s like magic!”.