Joyce Nalubowa, with the support of the nonprofit organization Action for Disadvantaged People, works for the advancement of women and to improve the living conditions for people of the Kawempe district in Uganda. From the One-World Mission Grant Fund, Joyce developed and implemented a program to train women in the art of soap making. Sister Trudy Schommer sponsored the application, having known Joyce through her sister who put Joyce through high school and nurses training. Joyce is vigilant in giving back to her people—with this soap-making project and also a poultry project for a women’s group in another village which just received OWM funding.
In Kawempe, 30 women participated in the program, which provided raw materials and instructions in the liquid soap-making process. Buying soap locally is expensive and considered a luxury rather than a necessity. According to Joyce, the program has increased awareness about hygiene and sanitation-related issues amongst the marginalized and vulnerable communities. Substandard living conditions and close proximity to animals make the people susceptible to water borne and hygiene-related diseases. The capacity of the communities to manage and maintain hygiene and sanitation facilities in a sustainable manner has been promoted and strengthened: namely, hand washing at critical moments, establishing a safe water chain and proper storage of utensils. Indeed, the general health of the people is improving through the use of soap and awareness to unsanitary living conditions and practices.