Did you know that more people die every year from water-related disease than from HIV and malaria combined ? Perhaps even more shocking: 45% of these lives could be saved if people could simply wash their hands – that’s almost half!
Unfortunately, many communities that must battle these diseases don’t have, and can’t afford to purchase, soap. Husband and wife team Bill and Courtney Glaab, founders of Hand in Hand, saw this need and were determined to make an impact.
Bill and Courtney knew it would be hard to rely on traditional donations, so they created a business that directly pairs purchases with donations using a one-for-one model. Each bar purchased funds the donation of a life-saving bar of soap and also provides a person with one month of clean water.
Hand in Hand recently opened their first well in Haiti, providing clean water for over 240 families. Reflecting on this and similar trips, Bill shares, “our trips to Haiti truly remind us about what is important in life,” and “that through small acts, everyone can do their part to make the world a better place.”
But Bill and Courtney go even further, by recognizing the importance of producers and the environment. Hand in Hand uses vegan and fair trade ingredients, protects the rainforest, and uses carbon neutral shipping. (See the extensive impact of your Hand in Hand purchase here.)
Check out some great Hand in Hand products below!
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In the spirit of Women’s History Month, our thoughts are drawn to the many women who contribute to society in a myriad of ways while expecting nothing in return. They are hidden from view. Yet these women are transforming communities and making a positive difference in the world. They are unsung heroines.
March is about celebrating women… something we’re pretty excited about. There is so much to appreciate, so many barriers yet to topple, and so many amazing women to recognize for their accomplishments.
Ah, Valentine’s Day. Every year we look forward to it, but here’s the thing. Ever since Eve Ensler started One Billion Rising as part of her V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls, we’ve felt conflicted about this holiday.