Two African students awarded top prize for inventing soap against malaria

African Update – 20/05/13

Two African students of the Ouagadougou based International Institute for Water and Environment in Burkina Faso won the 1ST and People’s Choice prizes at the 2013 Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) held at the Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, University of California, USA.  The two students are the first non-American born citizens to ever win the GSVC which was in recognition of their invention of a malaria repellent soap that topped 18 global finalists from across the world.

Moctar Dembele from Burkina Faso and Gérard Niyondiko from Burundi jointly made the innovative breakthrough using a combination of karate citronella and other local herbs. The Faso Soap, as the invention is called, offers an innovative African solution to the most dangerous African killer problem, malaria.  It takes into particular account the financial constraints of ordinary people and the cultural habits of local families.  In the words of Dembele, “everyone uses soaps, even in the very poor communities”.

The GSVC provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentorship, exposure and $50,000 in prizes to help transform ideas into businesses that will have positive real world impact. Founded by MBA students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the GSVC culminates each year with the Global Finals and Conference at Berkeley in April and brings together teams from around the world and Bay Area professionals for a day of learning and networking.

The Faso Soap and the GSVC award to Dembele and Niyondiko underscore abundant evidence that Africa and Africans are able to contribute solutions to all major issues confronting the continent.  Malaria remains the number one killer disease in Africa and its prevention must be a source of hope for all throughout the continent. As Faso Soap motto states “The action of a group, the future of an entire nation.”

For further reading see:

- The Congratulations to the GSVC 2013 winners on GSVC Website.

- GSVC 2013 Global Finalist Teams and project description on GSVC Website.

- Link to an article in French language on NotreAfrik website: Deux étudiants africains inventent un savon contre le paludisme

- International Institute for Water and Environment Engineering (2iE) website : http://www.2ie-edu.org/

Elie Abedi Lusaku

For Humanitas Afrika

Upcoming AIC events
There are no upcoming events at the moment.
Book of the month

Xoliswa Ndoyiya: Ukutya Kwasekhaya

Xoliswa Ndoyiya: Ukutya KwasekhayaTastes from Nelson Mandela’s kitchen

A collection of recipes by Nelson Mandela's personal chef, this book contains the food served to visiting heads of state, celebrities, politicians for more than 20 years. Featuring some of the favourite former South African president's favourite meals including samp and beans, farm chicken, tripe, this book also features paella, peri-peri chicken, prawn curry, and myriad of other delights. With simple, delicious and nourishing recipes, it will interest those who wish to prepare meals that are both elegant and healthy.More

New arrivals

New titles in our library 12/2016

Our library has aquired a number of new and interesting books. Here is the list of the latest titles.

  • Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith
  • Fashion Cities Africa by Hannah Azieb Pool
  • Frantz Fanon: Toward a Revolutionary Humanismby Christopher Lee
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Robinson, James A., Acemoglu, Daron
  • Shakespeare in Swahililand: Adventures With the Ever-Living Poet by Edward Wilson-Lee
  • A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present by Richard J. Reid
  • Authentically African: Arts and the Transnational Politics of Congolese Culture by Sarah Van Beurden
  • Children in Slavery through the Ages by by Gwyn CampbellSuzanne MiersJoseph C. Miller
  • Global Health in Africa: Historical Perspectives on Disease Control by Tamara Giles-Vernick
  • Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos by Gary  Stewart
  • Women and Slavery, Vol. 1: Africa, the Indian Ocean World, and the Medieval North Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell
  • Women and Slavery, Vol. 2: The Modern Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell
  • Cahier d'un Retour Au Pays Natal by Aimé Cesaire
  • Healing Traditions: African Medicine, Cultural Exchange and Competition in South Africa, 1820-1948 by Karen Elizabeth  Flint
  • Global Education Policy and International Development: New Agendas, Issues and Policies by Antoni Verger
  • Black Skin, White Coats: Nigerian Psychiatrists, Decolonization, and the Globalization of Psychiatry by Matthew M. Heaton
   

African information centre

Ječná 2, 120 00 Prague 2

Opening hours

Tuesday, Thursday: 2 – 6 pm

Humanitas Afrika, občanské sdružení

We're supported by:

Pokladní systémy

Hl. m. Praha Česká rozvojová agentura

Fair Trade Logo

AIC je prodejním místem
produktů fairtrade

Our partners:

  • Afro.cz