The harsh ramifications of malaria in the Kasungu District of Malawi are substantial. 70% of patients admitted to hospital are for cases of malaria, and the disease accounts for 22% of deaths of children under the age of 5, causing it to be the leading cause of death for under-five children. For those that can afford them, mosquito nets are the only source of protection. As well as this, we identified a lack of awareness and knowledge of the causes, symptoms and potential treatments of mosquito-transmitted diseases. We could not ignore the need to introduce an affordable and novel preventative method, with the goal of reducing the number of malaria cases and increasing the general awareness of the disease.
In January 2018, with the help of our partner organization, K2 TASO, we introduced 13 beneficiaries to the production, packaging and sales processes of Palma Soap. As well as soap making sessions, we carried out business, finance, sales, and marketing workshops with the 13 ladies we worked with, providing them with entrepreneurial knowledge they otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to. By sourcing local and sustainable ingredients, we were able to set the sales price of the soap at 250MwK (£0.25), making it an affordable solution. With a 12% profit these 13 ladies sell the bars of soap they have produced to local communities and surrounding areas, supplying individuals with a source of protection and themselves with a source of income.