The Icyizere Initiative (The Hope Initiative) is a sustainable social enterprise arm operating in Rwanda. The aim of the social enterprise is to create jobs, build up the knowledge base around healthy living, and to contribute to improving lives of those living in poverty. Aligning with our mission, projects are uniquely designed to address health issues, employment, environmental impact issues, and continued education. The Icyizere Initiative operates to create financial sustainability associated with operating our child development and community programs. Read about our current projects below.
Kiza Recycled Bathing Soap
The Kiza project was born from the global movement of Eco Soap Bank. Meaning ``to save``, Kiza is saving lives by saving soap!
Clean water, proper sanitation, and hygiene are some of the most important factors in keeping impoverished Rwandan families healthy. Unfortunately, hygiene is often overlooked as a public health intervention
We partner with 60+ hotels + guesthouses in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda and collect gently used and discarded bars of soap that would otherwise be thrown away. We then completely sanitize, recycle, and repurpose the soap into new bars. From there, the soap is distributed to schools and communities in the most need and we pair soap distributions with hygiene education classes. Finally, we watch healthy and productive communities prosper and seek further opportunities to save soap to save lives!
Hand washing regularly with soap can reduce the rate of illness.
We hire and empower local Rwandese women to recycle the soap, earning incomes for themselves and their families.
Rather than allowing a non-biodegradable waste to flow into the trash heap, Kiza re-uses discarded soap and gives it a purpose again.
The provision of soap gets it into the hands of those who need it most.Having soap and washing regularly disrupts the school absenteeism issue of students by educating children on proper hand washing.