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Sanitation Teacher Turns to Liquid Soap Making for Sanitation and Profit

posted 11 Nov 2013, 04:32 by Sekuma Peter

When Ssempijja Thaddeus’s curiosity took grip of him early 2012 at a Water Source Committee Liquid Soap making training in Katasule Luwero district, he never envisaged his journey quite as it turns out today when he makes his presentation at the National Learning Forum.

Ssempijja Thaddeus’s a teacher by profession teaching Primary 4, 6 and 7 and at Damascus Primary School in Luwero District out of curiosity joined the European Union Project (EC WASH) training on liquid soap conducted by the Network of Water and Sanitation (NETWAS) Uganda. At this training, instruction on the cold process of making soap was given using caustic soda and sulphonic acid among other ingredients.

“I started with 180,000 shilling purchasing chemicals and made 300,000shillings. I have since started supplying Kireku Health Centre and Namagwa Clinic and some Households,” Ssempijja explain adding that he however is  faced with the challenge of time, since he has to teach as well as meeting the growing demand particularly in Luwero Town.”

Ssempijja’s secret in liquid soap making and marketing lies in his capacity to sensitize the community, packaging the soap in mineral water bottles and ensuring his soap is quality product worth buying. He sells a small mineral water bottle at 1000 shillings. 

Picture: Kiwendo Francis a Primary Six Pupils  at Damascus Primary School applies Ssempijja’s soap to the tippy tap.