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Women Drilled In Soap-making As Part Of Economic Empowerment

MULANJE, Malawi 2nd April, 2022 (AEJ) - As part of empowerment and improving livelihoods for rural women, Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust has trained women in soap making through the use of natural products to promote economic self-reliance.

The women representatives who attended the training came from environmental conservation clubs surrounding Mulanje Mountain Biosphere Reserve.

In an interview, facilitator for the training Rachel Dean said that the overall aim of the training is to make women self-reliant through giving them the skills in making soap out of the natural products so that they take a leading role in conserving natural resources to ensure they are using them in a sustainable manner.

"The program is offering women income generating opportunities, encouraging these women to own natural plants such as Mulanje mint, cedar trees and aloe vera plants in the areas they live, so that the soap making initiative gets sustainable," Dean explained.

Women learn preparing ingredients during soap making

Among others, the women will pass on the knowledge and skills in soap making to their respective environmental conservation clubs.

One of the trainees, Nancy Longwe, a member of the Mayankho women group applauded the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust for the training in soap making saying that the business in soap making will take them a long way in creating sustainable financial muscle for their households.

"We are expected to be pioneers in environmental conservation since the main products for the soap we will be making will come from the natural plants that we have locally in the communities hence the need to plant more trees and conserve natural resources," Longwe explained when asked for her reaction after the training.

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