In order to increase the possibilities for generating income the Sinsibéré project carried out training sessions for the women’s groups in the production of higher quality soap. By using a new technique, the women can increase the amount of soap and improve the quality, so soap-making becomes more profitable.
Women are traditionally making soap for domestic consumption from shea or jatropha seeds that are gathered in the surrounding forest. However, the method they used included boiling, which took more time and used a fair amount of wood. In 2003 and 2005 trainings have been arranged in six villages and about 300 women participated. The women got familiar with several alternative techniques for making improved jatropha and shea soap without boiling, and they learned about the differences in quality and profit. All women in our groups are by now able to use the new methods, collectively as well as individually.