Our founder is this week's #ONEderWoman
The One campaign has awarded our founder, Erin Zaikis with the title of #ONEderWoman of the week.
In just two years, #ONEderWoman Erin Zaikis has impacted over 6,000 lives in India, Uganda, and Myanmar through her organization, the Sundara Fund, which provides soap and hygiene education to communities that need it the most by recycling gently-used bars of soap from local hotels and transforming them into clean, ready-to-use bars. Not wanting to just create a hand-out organization that simply gives out soap, Erin worked hard to ensure that Sundara’s approach is sustainable and community-led. Sundara employs local women to be community hygiene ambassadors, who create hygiene modules, conduct hygiene demonstrations, and are effective in encouraging a societal shift in which good hygiene habits become a regular part of daily life. Ultimately, Sundara has rescued thousands of kilograms of soap from ending up in landfills, brought soap to those who couldn’t afford it, given economic opportunity to unemployed women, and increased rates of handwashing in the communities they work in!