Malaria, a plague for Africa

A child dies from malaria every 2 minutes

According to WHO, 438,000 people died in 2015 from malaria. 90% of victims are young children in Africa.

270 million people in Africa live without any protection

Half of the population at risk in subsharan Africa lives in a house without an insecticide-treated bed net.

Mosquitoes become more resistant to insecticides

82% of endemic countries have reported to WHO that mosquitoes resist to at least one insecticide.

Our mission : save 100,000 lives

We work at saving 100,000 lives from malaria by putting a mosquito-repellent soap in the hands of the most vulnerable populations in Africa.

To save 100,000 lives, we work on a soap

  • cutting by two the risk of malaria contamination
  • distributed progressively to 30% of the population
    of the 6 most affected African countries.

Our mosquito-repellent soap

To fight malaria, we are developing a soap able to repel mosquitoes up to 6 hours after use.

This innovative soap contains microcapsules of natural repellent substances. These capsules are developed to stick to the skin and progressively release their content .

We are convinced that mosquito-repellent soap will become a new and efficient prevention tool, besides insecticide-treated mosquito nets and indoor residual spraying.

Get protected from malaria everyday

Protecting without changing habits

In hot areas soap is often used in the evening, when mosquitoes start biting.

A daily use

Commonly used for body, clothes and house cleaning, soap is one of the few products to be in 95% of African households.

Combine hygiene and malaria prevention

A soap to fight the deadliest diseases in Africa

A double impact with a single product

Soap also helps fight deadly diseases related to diarrhea, such as dysentery or cholera.

Quickly reaching the most vulnerable populations

Soap distribution network let us reach the most remote areas in Africa.

A massively distributed product

Distributing soap in 5 countries allows to reach 50% of the population at risk.

Our progress

First tests being conclusive we are starting more comprehensive tests in the labs of National Research Center against Malaria (CNRFP) in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

We have discovered natural mixtures that are both able to repel Anopheles mosquitoes during 6 hours, while being safe for sensitive and affordable. This was made possible thanks to 140 individual tests conducted in 2016 at the National Center for Research and Training on Malaria (CNRFP) in Ouagadougou.


To keep mosquitoes away as long as possible, we develop with our partners soaps composed of microcapsules of repellent substances. The aim is to ensure that these substances are gradually released to the skin after showering. We then test the protection time of the different soap prototypes by following the WHO protocols.


We are conducting a study in on 1000 people in Burkina Faso. The objective is to better understand personal hygiene habits of people living in urban, peri-urban and rural areas. This information is key to design a product adapted to the daily lives of people vulnerable to malaria.


Mastering the supply chain of raw materials is essential to ensure a significant production of mosquito repellent soaps. We are experimenting with the cultivation of repellent plants in West Africa in order to establish a sustainable local sector.


An experienced team on the field

The “100.000 Vies” non-profit organization has been created in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) to develop the Faso Soap project.

Franck LangevinPartnerships, Communication
Franck has been working in the field of innovation for 12 years, in companies such as NAVTEQ (NOKIA) and Mappy. He is Stanford and Dublin City University graduate in the fields of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and International business.
Gérard NiyondikoFounder, R&D
Gérard is an engineer graduated at 2iE engineering school. He also owns a Bachelor in Chemistry, field that he taught for 7 years. He has been technical manager in the beverage industry in Burundi.
Lisa BarutelStrategic support
Lisa is an ESSEC Business School graduate and active in the fields of social entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa. She supports the Faso Soap project since its inception in 2013.

Supporting partners

The development of our project could not progress without the essential help of technical and financial partners.

Our technical partners

Our financial partners

In the headlines

Thanks to journalists our project got attention in many countries over the world.

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