This Handmade Soap Could Change the Lives of Kids

One woman’s mission to spread hygiene education

Feb 26, 2014

Sundara soaps - Image from Sundara Facebook page

Who would have tought that a handmade bar of soap could make a difference in the lives of people in Ghana, Thailand and India?
Erin Zaikis, founder of handmade soap business Sundara, did.
For Zaikis, it was a visit to the bathroom in a Thai school that revealed a harsh truth: not only was there no soap in the washroom, but in fact, the kids at the rural village school had never even seen a bar of soap before in their lives.
This ignited a spark within Zaikis and was the impetus to her social enterprise, Sundara. Meaning beautiful in Sanskrit, Sundara sells fragrant soaps that are vegan friendly, hypoallergenic and biodegradable. For each product sold, a portion of the purchase goes to fund hygiene programs around the world.
From her New York City apartment, the 24- year old Zaikis makes each bar of soap by hand, and is passionate about her mission of spreading hygiene education through the most practical means possible; soap.

Soap Aid
The Cleanest Way to Do Laundry
The Buy-One-Give-One Biodegradable Toothbrush