Students From Africa Win The Global Social Venture Competition
According to the World Health Organization, about half of the world population is at risk of contracting malaria. Of the 219 million people affected in 2010, there were about 660,000 deaths recorded. 90% of these cases occurred in Africa and it is proven that Malaria is the leading cause of death in the continent.
Two African students, Moctar Demẻlẻ and Gẻrard Nivondika created a mosquito- repelling soap named ‘Faso Soap’. The students from Burkina Faso, a country in West Africa use natural ingredients found in locally in Burkina Faso. The benefits of this soap is that they can produce them inexpensively whilst creating local jobs and reduce the medical bills and loss of wages caused by malaria.
Dembẻlẻ said “Malaria is a huge problem, not only in this country, but in all of Africa, we wanted a simple solution. Everyone uses soap in Africa, even in the poorest communities. Faso soap doesn’t require and change in behaviour.”
The two students are now the first team of African students to win the Global Social Venture Competition’s grand prize.
Well done to both guys.
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It really does go to show that we can start with anything locally and around us.
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