Soap n’ Stories
The Project: This project aims to address complex social issues such as poverty and homelessness that exists in Vancouver, by creating a sense of community and employment opportunities through a soap-making skills-training program. Our team will be working with a small group of impoverished women who have overcome significant challenges throughout their lives to make artisan soap, personalize the soap with their own stories of strength and overcoming adversity, and sell the soap in our local community.
The Team: Soap n’ Stories is a pilot social enterprise project founded by Sophie Wang (MPH candidate at SFU), who has experience working with children and youth in inner-city schools and a strong passion for working with communities and her public health training to create positive social change. She is working together with a multidisciplinary team of young professionals – Sarah Chung, who is a recent graduate at UBC law and has with victims of domestic violence and rape, through volunteering and facilitating counselling sessions from for women in the Downtown Eastside, and Arianna Mao, who is a BASc (Environmental Design) graduate working in art, media and design, with a passion in helping communities leverage their capacities to create massive change.