A bar of soap is such a simple tool. But in the right hands, it can change the lives of entire families, even entire communities.
By teaching women how to make and sell utility and boutique soaps, TBM Water Ministry, in partnership with E4712 Artisan Soaps and, is helping provide a path out of poverty.
With your support, TBM educates 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. Empowering women, TBM lays the groundwork for them to become self-sufficient as small business owners to better support themselves as well as their families.
TBM partners with E4712 Artisan Soaps to train women on the basics of soap making, entrepreneurship and business strategies. We teach how to make inexpensive “utility bars” for basic daily use. Then we also train them how to make “boutique” quality bars, which are scented, colorized and attractively packaged to sell in local markets. Selling just one boutique style bar can pay for supplies to make almost 10 utility bars.
TBM sponsors the projects and mentors the ladies as they begin to sell soaps and grow their small businesses. All equipment and materials are left on site for the group to continue making soap using the funds from each boutique style bar they sell.
What is covered in the training?
- Safety and Procedures
- Equipment Selection and Maintenance
- Basic and Advanced Soap Making
- 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