Two African students- Gérard Niyondiko and Moctar Dembélé – have been awarded $25,000 for inventing a soap that repels mosquitoes.

The soap is intended to stop the spread of malaria, which is among the leading causes of death in Central Africa.

They were awarded this year’s Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) $25,000 Grand Prize for their remarkable efforts.

From Clutch Magazine:

The GSVC is the only international competition of Social Business Plans, dedicated to students, young graduates, and entrepreneurs with high social and/or environmental startups. They are also the first student team from Africa to ever win the Grand Prize.

“The soap will be available first here, and then given to NGO”, Gerard Niyondiko, Technical Manager of Faso soap said in a video that was posted online today.

Their invention, called Faso Soap, is made from karate citronella, and other herbs found locally in Burkina Faso, that are still a secret.


A wonderful initiative!

Kudos to these young men for using their considerable talents for good.


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