Training for Transformation

Making Soap During a Health Crisis

Making Soap During a Health Crisis
At the soap-making training.

The COVID-19 pandemic has left no corner of the world untouched. United Methodist Women Regional Missionary Grace Musuka serves the work and leadership of United Methodist Women organizations in Central Africa. In 2019, the women’s work coordinator of the North Katanga Annual Conference applied for an Economic Development Grant from United Methodist Women. The $14,000 grant the Conference received was earmarked to train women in 24 Districts of North Katanga Annual Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Under the leadership of Honorine Mujing Mwaad and her team, one step at a time the women of North Katanga Annual Conference were transforming their lives through the soap-making grant from United Methodist Women,” noted Grace Musuka.

Little did the North Katanga Annual Conference in DRC know how valuable its soap-making enterprise would turn out to be. In response to COVID-19, the women through their phone networks are sharing the message about staying at home, washing hands with soap and praying. They are using the soap in their homes and distributing it to widows and orphans as well as selling some. The women and young adults trained in soap-making are going a step further to train other women in this skill. 

“Women and children throughout the world are always impacted first in an emergency,” states Betty Gittens, United Methodist Women’s Executive for International Ministries.

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Grace Musuka is a United Methodist Women’s Regional Missionary serving the work and leadership of United Methodist Women organizations in Central Africa.

Posted or updated: 5/4/2020 12:00:00 AM