As founder of Lucky Duck Soap & Spa, I’m extremely grateful to my family, friends, and customers for supporting my soapmaking dream. Their support not only allows me to succeed as a soapmaker, it gives me the opportunity to pay-it-forward, as they say, to people in need both in my community and worldwide.
In addition to donating bars of my handmade soap to local shelters, we contribute to the following organizations that improve people’s lives through access to soap.
Giving to the Lovin’ Soap ProjectThe Lovin’ Soap Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that runs soapmaking and related small business workshops for women in developing countries, such as Haiti, Uganda, and Nepal. Their mission is to ensure "that women and girls around the world have the means to overcome inequality and benefit from economic development." 1
"Women make up half of the world’s population and yet represent a staggering 70% of the world’s poor." 2 Yet, when women are able to earn an income, they "reinvest as much as 90% of it in their families and communities." 3 When asked what they hoped to achieve by participating in the Project Lydia workshops in Uganda, "every single one of them stated that they would use the money for school fees for their children." 4 That’s impressive!
Please see my blog post, "Interview with Amanda Gail of The Lovin’ Soap Project" for more information about this great organization.
Giving to Clean the WorldPneumonia and Diarrhea kill many children annually in third-world countries where there is limited access to soap and water. The WHO predicts that pneumonia will kill about 922,000 children aged five years and under in 2015. 5 And around 760,000 children in the same age group die yearly from diarrheal diseases. 6 Both diseases are preventable through proper handwashing with soap and water.
Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization that recycles donated soap and distributes it to at-risk areas worldwide. 7. Lucky Duck Soap and Spa donated over 75 pounds of soap scraps to Clean the World in 2015 for their recycling program. Check out my blog post: Clean the World for #GivingTuesday for more info about this important cause and to see how you can contribute.