VENTURES AFRICA – Two African students have created a malaria-repellant soap using local herbs, and have won, consequently, a $25,000 Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) award.
The GSVC is the only international competition of Social Business Plans, dedicated to students, young graduates, and entrepreneurs with high social and/or environmental startups.
Moctar Dembélé who hails from Burukina Faso and Gérard Niyondiko, from Burundi, are the first non American born/citizen, to win the Global Social Venture Competition.
Both are students of the Intsitut International de l’Eau et de l’Envirronement de Ouagadougou (International Institute of water and environment), in Burkina Faso.
The invention will carry the name Faso soap.
“The soap will be available first here, and then given to NGO”, Gerard Niyondiko, Technical Manager of Faso soap said in a video that was posted online today.
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.
In Africa, the most dangerous is mosquito that is the only cause of malaria. 300 million of cases of Malaria each year are reported in Africa, especially in sub Sahara where 90% cases are and still the main cause of death, according to the explanation of the introduction video.
Faso soap becomes then a solution from Africa to African problems as it requires nothing, even mindset change or big economic efforts.