Lather, Rinse, Repel

2 students from Burkina Faso have developed a new, accessible and affordable way to fight malaria: a simple soap made with shea butter and lemongrass oil.

Gerard Niyondiko of Burundi and Moctar Dembele say that Faso soap, developed when they were students at the International Institute for Water and Environmental Institute in Ouagadougou, can repel mosquitoes for several hours. And, as people would buy soap anyway, it doesn’t burden people with an additional expense, Niyondiko said. They hope to raise funds now to test and manufacture the soap, possibly partnering with major producers.

Their project was the first from Africa to win the University of California Berkeley’s Global Social Ventures Competition $25,000 grand prize in 2013.

Africa Middle East

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