ECO-SOAP BANK

Impact

174,713
SOAP DONATIONS
24,033
POUNDS RECYCLED
661,012
PEOPLE SERVED
Children's hands under a running spigot
©Sharon Radisch for Photographers Without Borders 2016
With your help, Eco-Soap Bank has already made positive health, economic, and environmental impacts on the developing world. Since we launched in 2014, we've provided over 650,000 people with soap and hygiene education through dozens of NGO partnerships. That means health clinics can now give soap as a preventative resource to patients who come in sick from diarrhea, which accounts for 1 in 9 child deaths worldwideGlobal Diarrhea Burden. cdc.gov. <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/diarrhea-burden.html" target="_blank">https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/diarrhea-burden.html</a>. Updated December 17, 2015. Accessed February 2, 2017.. This also helps get sick kids back in school.
Cambodian children attending school
©Sharon Radisch for Photographers Without Borders 2016
We've also had an economic impact. Eco-Soap Bank currently employs more than 30 Cambodian women from disadvantaged backgrounds who have had trouble making ends meet. These women also serve as hygiene ambassadors, selling recycled soap in their communities and promoting its use. It's been shown that for every dollar invested in hygiene and sanitation in the developing world, an average of $25.50 is returnedHutton G, Haller L, Bartram J. Global cost-benefit analysis of water supply and sanitation interventions. <i>Journal of Water and Health</i>. 2007;05(4): 481-502.. One of our primary goals is to continue to focus on the economic impact of good hygiene in the developing world.
©Sharon Radisch for Photographers Without Borders 2016
Eco-Soap Bank soapmaker wrapping soap bars
Eco-Soap Bank soapmaker holding up bars of Eco-Soap
©Sharon Radisch for Photographers Without Borders 2016
Eco-Soap Bank soapmaker picking up soap from a Cambodian hotel
©Sharon Radisch for Photographers Without Borders 2016
We're also proud of our impact on the environment. Since 2014, Eco-Soap Bank has recycled over twelve tons of soap that would otherwise have wound up in landfills. And with tourism forming an increasingly integral part of the economies of many developing nations (Cambodia's tourist count is rapidly approaching five million per year<i>Tourism Statistics Report: Year 2016</i>. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Cambodian Ministry of Tourism, Statistics and Tourism Information Department. <a href="http://www.tourismcambodia.org/images/mot/statistic_reports/tourism_statistics_year2016.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.tourismcambodia.org/images/mot/statistic_reports/tourism_statistics_year2016.pdf</a>. Accessed February 2, 2017.), we can expect that soap recycling will only become more important.
Our work is made possible by small donors from around the globe. As a donor, your contribution has a direct and substantial impact on human lives.
Your $25:
  • Contributes soap to 250 people.
  • Provides hygiene education to 250 people.
  • Saves 35 pounds of soap from the tourism industry.
  • Supports ongoing employment of 5 local women.
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Cambodian children standing in a circle holding out their hands
©Eco-Soap Bank 2015
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