Malaria, a plague for Africa

A child dies
from malaria
every 2 minutes

270 million people
in Africa live
without any protection

Mosquitoes become
more resistant
to insecticides

Our mission : save 100,000 lives

We work at saving 100,000 lives from malaria by end 2018 by putting a mosquito-repellent soap in the hands of the most vulnerable populations in Africa.

To save 100,000 lives, we work on a soap

  • cutting by two the risk of malaria contamination
  • distributed progressively to 40% of the population
    of the 6 most affected African countries.

Our mosquito-repellent soap

To fight malaria, we are developing a soap able to repel mosquitoes up to 6 hours after use.

We are convinced that mosquito-repellent soap will become a new and efficient prevention tool, besides insecticide-treated mosquito nets and indoor residual spraying.

Get protected from malaria everyday

Protecting without changing habits

In hot areas soap is often used in the evening, when mosquitoes start biting.

A daily use

Commonly used for body, clothes and house cleaning, soap is one of the few products to be in 95% of African households.

Attacking the problem at its source

Soapy water will reduce the development of mosquito larvae in stagnant waters.

Less larva

Mosquito larvae grow in stagnant waters. The larvicide property of our soap will reduce the development of these larvae.

Quickly reaching the most vulnerable populations

Soap distribution network let us reach the most remote areas in Africa.

A massively distributed product

Distributing soap in 5 countries allows to reach 50% of the population at risk.

Our progress

First tests being conclusive we are starting more comprehensive tests in the labs of National Research Center against Malaria (CNRFP) in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

Assessment of repulsive oils and creation of prototypes.
Skin repellency tests with female Anophele mosquitoes.
Anthropological study to better understand behaviors of body hygiene of people living in the areas most affected by malaria.
Partnerships with industrial soap producers (Manufacturing/Distribution), universities (Research), international organisations (Impact measurement) and foundations (Financing).

An experienced team on the field

Franck LangevinPartnerships, Communication
Franck has been working in the field of innovation for 12 years, in companies such as NAVTEQ (NOKIA) and Mappy. He is Stanford and Dublin City University graduate in the fields of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and International business.
Gérard NiyondikoFounder, R&D
Gérard is an engineer graduated at 2iE engineering school. He also owns a Bachelor in Chemistry, field that he taught for 7 years. He has been technical manager in the beverage industry in Burundi.
Lisa BarutelStrategic support
Lisa is an ESSEC Business School graduate and active in the fields of social entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa. She supports the Faso Soap project since its inception in 2013.

Supporting partners

The 100,000 lives campaign aims at gathering the support of organisations to develop, produce and distribute our mosquito-repellent soap.

The National Center for Research and Training against Malaria (CNRFP) is located in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Our repellency tests are carried out in their labs..
ITECH is an engineering school specialized in the field of polymers. The school has provided precious support in the creation of the first soap prototypes.
SoScience is the first company in Europe specialised in responsible innovation. They helped Faso Soap to tie up partnerships with research labs.
Faso Soap has won in 2013 the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) at the University of Berkeley. Thanks to this award Faso Soap received 25,000 dollars to move forward with their research.
Tony Elumelu Foundation
TEEP, the flagship programme of The Tony Elumelu Foundation, is a N20 billion initiative (which by today’s exchange rate is $100 million) to support emerging entrepreneurs across Africa over 10 years. Faso Soap has received a 5,000 dollars grant from this programme.
“La Fabrique” is the incubator supporting Faso Soap, and other projects with high social and environmental impact. The mission of “La Fabrique” is to identify social entrepreneurs with high potential and assist them in the development of their initiatives to solve large social challenges.

In the headlines

Thanks to journalists our project got attention in many countries over the world.

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