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Congo's coffee soap helps women thrive

May 19, 2022 / 11:45 AM
Sharjah24 – Reuters: If you're fan of the smell of a fresh brew in the morning then this might be the soap for you.
It's made from coffee by a women's cooperative in Democratic Republic of Congo.

And it's a product that has been a big success, says Heshima Coffee's founder Solange Kwidja Kahiriri.

"It takes about three weeks to make the coffee soaps. We make about 5,000 soaps in a week. For now, our soaps can be found in five provinces in DRC."

Kahiriri used to work in communications but was introduced to the coffee industry by a client.

In 2018 she founded the entrepreneurship group in Congo's east.

She says it has created a source of income for 1,500 women and young people.

The cooperative produces coffee as well as the soaps.

It gives out free coffee plant seedlings and connects members to fair-trade buyers once beans have been harvested and processed.

The soaps are made at a Heshima-owned factory in Bukavu.
May 19, 2022 / 11:45 AM

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