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African students invent malaria repellent soap

Two African students have invented a malaria repellent soap using local herbs. They were recently rewarded with a $25,000 award at the Global Social Venture Competition.

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The two students, Moctar Dembélé and Gérard Niyondiko hail from Burkina Faso and Burundi respectively and are the first non Americans to win the Global Social Venture Competition.

faso soap winners

Moctar Dembélé who hails from Burkina Faso and Gérard Niyondiko, from Burundi, are the first non American born/citizen, to win the Global Social Venture Competition.

Named Faso Soap, their invention if effectively marketed can have sweeping impact in many African countries.

“The soap will be available first here, and then given to NGO”, Gerard Niyondiko, Technical Manager of Faso soap said.

The soap is made from karate citronella, and other herbs that are still a secret.

“We want a simple solution, because every one uses soaps, even in the very poor communities”, Moktar Dembélé, General Manager of Faso soap said.

Here is the product profile:

FASO SOAPObservation
in many countries of tropical Africa, malaria is the leading cause of death for the population. It represents 30-40% of hospital admissions and up to 40% of public health expenditure.Solution
Production and marketing of soap “mosquito”, based on shea butter and enriched with essential oils of lemongrass and concern, to protect its users from malaria.Impact
Reduction massive number of people affected by malaria, especially among the poorest and basic hygiene.
Team : Gerard Niyondiko Moctar DEMBELEMentors : Astawabi DEMBELE

The invention is a good example of how Africans are developing unique solutions to African problems across various sectors from technology to healthcare.

Check out the inspiring video on Faso Soap below. For more inspiring African stories, check out Meet 31 year old Ashish Thakkar – Africa’s Youngest Billionaire

FASO SOAP GSVC Pitch Video from Check-in films on Vimeo.

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6 thoughts on “African students invent malaria repellent soap

  • El_Komo

    (April 21, 2013 - 11:22 am)

    Excellent innovation. Hoping that it can get commercialised fast!!!

  • CPAfrica.com

    (April 21, 2013 - 11:29 am)

    we hope so too!!

  • Vincent Roux

    (April 21, 2013 - 9:59 pm)

    it’s burkina faso… spelling.

  • mkulaji

    (April 23, 2013 - 12:03 am)

    This is commendable if they came up with the concept independently but I first came across this idea more than twenty years ago at the Kenya Secondary Schools Congress on Science and Technology. A student at Aga Khan high school came up with the idea of ‘mosquito repellent’ petroleum jelly (Vaseline). The company behind Vaseline took up the idea and started producing it commercially. With soap, you rinse it off your body so I wonder how effective it is. With Vaseline, it sticks and is highly effective. By the way, See more discussion of this article here: http://AfriTech.com (that is where I found it)

  • ben oguntala

    (May 21, 2013 - 12:08 pm)

    If Africa invests in its youth, it will be able to achieve growth faster than any forecast can predict. We are investing in the African youths with our Youth Entrepreneuship program – http://www.developedafrica.com
    The aim of the project is to create an increase in likelihood that existing and potential development
    opportunities can be fulfilled and in turn decrease unemployment by allowing young Africans with a
    particular development interest to create a business plan which can be turned into a development
    opportunity on http://www.developedafrica.com and brought to the attention of international investors or
    international businesses. By the time the student graduates, he or she would be able to continue the
    project as a source of employment.

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