One of Mission Rwanda's activities is helping widows set up in business to support themselves and their families. An opportunity presented itself this week in the form of Jane, Pastor Jean's wife in Rutonde.
Jane teaches the local women to make soap. The ingredients are bought locally and turned into blocks of lemon-smelling soap using wooden frames.
The process takes two days and then some drying time. After that, the blocks of soap are taken to the local market.
Mission Rwanda has provided funding to allow a group of women to start producing batches of soap to sell. Procter & Gamble should not worry. Even so, this will provide a regular income for two to three families in an area where there is no employment and families struggle to find enough to eat.