Green Beaver is proud to partner with Crossroads International, a leading Canadian volunteer cooperation agency advancing equality for women and girls and eradicating poverty in some of the world’s poorest countries in Africa and South America.
We are doing so since 2015 and now we need your help to support women soap producers in Senegal. You can help buy and install a new life and business changing soap extruder for their cooperatives. To them this machine would mean increasing the quality of their products so they can sell more and provide a better income for themselves and their family in a country where nearly half of the population falls below the poverty level of $50 a year!
In 2015, we entered a unique partnership to share our knowledge and expertise with a group of women soap producers, members of the UNCFS (National Union of Senegalese Women’s Co operatives) in Senegal. Our goal was to build a mutual learning relationship and that's exactly what we did.
In 2016, a Senegalese delegation of soap producers first visited Green Beaver’s factory in Hawkesbury, Ontario. With the team, we shared our formulations and production techniques from marketing to stock management and raw materials management. The women also helped Green Beaver found inspiration in our cold process for making bars of soap. The company was also inspired by the Senegalese women’s practice of using local plants in our soaps and added Labrador Tea, which grows in Northern Quebec, to some of their products.
The Green Beaver team was so thrilled to learn that when the women returned to Senegal, the results were immediate. They refined current products and piloted new formulations securing new markets for their soap with astringent properties in local pharmacies.
Earlier this year, Green Beaver’s Research and Development Director Christine Leduc and Co-founder and CEO Alain Ménard, traveled to Senegal to meet with producers and assess the progress of the cooperatives. With younger members getting involved in the cooperatives and the competition of other high hand and international brands, the women soap producers need for diversification and innovation is more urgent than ever if they want to increase their benefits and provide for themselves, their families and their community.
That's why Green Beaver needs you today, so that together we can help these women entrepreneurs increase their income and improve their lives. They need to buy and install a new soap extruder to increase the quality of their products so they can stay consistent and increase their co-ops' production capacity to handle the strong requirements of selling to local pharmacies.
To date, more than 5,500 Senegalese women grew their income by 10% through upgraded soap production techniques, with this new equipment Green Beaver, Crossroads International and UNFCS know this machine can allow the producers to reach more market and increase their income even more.
Would you join us in helping the Senegalese women soap producers of UNFCS scale up production to provide for themselves, their family and their community?