Made With Love For Love: B.A.R.E. Soaps Brings Sustainability and Sanitation
This week Sisterhood Shopping welcomed a very impressive partner, B.A.R.E. Soaps. This incredible company was started by Clare and Jessie with a two-fold mission that centers on global sanitation education and investing in communities to help them become economically self-sustainable. Pretty incredible vision, right? We were intrigued and wanted to know more about how two professional women decided to transform their own lives to bring this mission to fruition.
How It All Started:
It all started for Clare after several mission trips took her to Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Uganda, where she saw first-hand the desperate need for basic health necessities. Although she did not have a medical or public health degree, Clare did not let that hold her back or make her feel helpless to pursue international and global health. Clare approached Jessie with the idea of B.A.R.E. soaps-provide skill set training in the creation of soaps and use the proceeds to invest in developing communities. Jessie did not hesitate to jump on-board and together they began their journey to educate and provide an all-natural product for those at home and to create a sustainable sanitation program for Uganda and India.
It Takes A Village:
Jessie and Clare firmly believe that development is not done to people or for people but with people. Beyond donating bars of soap, B.A.R.E. Soaps believes in investing in communities to help them become economically self-sustainable. They partner with several villages in Uganda and India, in the pursuit to understand the local cultures and everyday life of each community. Together, Jessie, Clare and their partners begin with educational awareness programs to teach villagers the trade of soap making. In India, B.A.R.E Soaps has partnered with women in the Kalwa Slums to create employment opportunities with the objective to reprocess soaps that will provide for basic health care and hygiene awareness for children and women that currently reside in the surrounding slums.
Not that the mission of B.A.R.E Soaps isn't enough to warrant a shout-out, but the product itself is amazing! These soaps not only smell incredible, but they leave your skin feeling smooth and relaxed...that's right, RELAXED! Don't just take my word for it, here are a few reviews:
"This soap looks, smells, and leaves my skin dreamy. Great for dry/sensitive skin. Amazing quality for an affordable price. Plus each purchase helps others. Now that's a win!"
"I received the candle and soap combo as a gift. I've used bare soaps in the past and their soaps lather well, keep my skin moisturized, and smell fantastic. Their business model is just wonderful and makes me feel great about the product as well."
You don't have to wait too long to try B.A.R.E Soaps out for yourself because we are so thrilled to be able to feature them in one of your quarterly boxes this year! While you wait for the arrival of your own socially conscious B.A.R.E. know that both Jessie and Clare are working tirelessly to continue their efforts abroad:
Within a year of opening B.A.R.E. Soaps, Jessie and Clare were able to use funds to purchase vitamins that would be distributed to the children of the Carepoint three times a week in Uganda, all while supporting local businesses. Their long-term commitment includes contributing funds to purchase land, directed at cultivating crops for the sustainable growth of communities throughout Uganda, allocating funds to the purchase of goats for every family, and assisting local entrepreneurial women who are starting their own businesses.
In India, B.A.R.E. Soaps has funded Sundara's Kalwa Slums initiative by employing 3 women with the objective to fund soap reprocessing and production by slum women. Over 500 migrant slum women receive the recycled soap when they arrive to the local Shravan health clinic for free health care services.