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A Soap Story: Improving Health, Generating Income Health workers, called Animators in Rwanda, are elected volunteers. They are the critical link between the health center and the community. The Bisate Animators have worked tirelessly to encourage their neighbors to help rebuild the health center. CCHIPS wanted to recognize this invaluable contribution by providing resources and training for an income generating project with one stipulation - the business had to help improve the health of their community. The Animators’ choose a soap project which went hand-in-hand with the clinic’s hygiene initiative. They prepared a budget, needs list and training schedule. Josephine MUHUTUKAZI (3rd from left below), a trainer certified by the Kigali Institute of Science & Technology (KIST) came to Bisate to give the course. Several new hotels are being built to accommodate tourists who visit the famous mountain gorillas and the soap team is hoping to sell to them as well as the local community. Many conversations were required before the animators understood and accepted that this was their project; they owned it. When some complained that the trainings were too long and that they were tired, they were told that they could have as little or as much training as they desired as it was their project. With beaming smiles, they said, “It is really ours!’ They immediately changed the timetable to all day with only a brief break for lunch. Cost of Starting Soap Making Business Table 166*85*90 (inside shelf)

65,000.00

Table 166*85*90 (no inside shelf)

60,000.00

2 padlocks for soap making tables Supplies: 2 * 2 1/2m chain (3000/m) to lock tables 2 padlocks (2200/each) Trainer room(5000), food (3000), transport(2000) Scale for soap making 13 face masks 5 plastc basins (2500/each) 1 jerry can palm oil 1 Sac Caustique 5 plastic cups (150/each) 3 green plastic buckets (1700/each) 3 red plastic buckets (2000/each) 5 cooking pots @ 4000/each) Cutting soap thread 3 Rocket Stoves (17170/each) 3 metal supports (790) Rocket Stoves: labor for carrying to car 500/each) 1/2 kg nails

2,400.00 15,000.00 4,600.00 10,000.00 8,000.00 6,500.00 12,500.00 9,800.00 40,000.00 750.00 5,100.00 6,000.00 20,000.00 350.00 53,880.00 2,000.00 450.00

3/4 sac charcoal

5,000.00

wood

5,000.00

5 wooden spoons (150/each) Trainer: 3000(food 1st week), 2000 transport 13th,16th) 40 liters palm oil

750.00 5,000.00 20,000.00

Trainer: 2nd week food

3,000.00

Trainer Salary: July 2 Planning Meeting

3,000.00

Health Animator, Pelagie, receiving her Trainer Salary: July 6 Purchase Supplies Trainer Salary: July 9-13, 16-20 training certificate and soap manual. Trainer Transport: July 9, 20 (1000)

3,000.00 70,000.00 2,000.00

Soap Manuals: 10 photocopies *28pgs each

8,400.00

Soap Manuals: 10 bindings

4,000.00

3 plastic covers 2 jerry cans oil (10,600/each) 4 wooden soap forms

300.00 21,200.00 8,000.00 480,980.00

480,980 RWF @545 =

[Soap Making Manual - Attachment 8]

$882.53

Bisate Health Clinic: 12 Month Progress Report  

Working in partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Health, the CCHIPS project was created to pilot a cost efficient and sustainable solutio...

Bisate Health Clinic: 12 Month Progress Report  

Working in partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Health, the CCHIPS project was created to pilot a cost efficient and sustainable solutio...