David Simnick Started a Company That Uses Soap to Save Lives [Video]

February 22, 2013

4:55 pm

David Simnick didn’t want to be just another entrepreneur – he wanted to change the world, too.

As the founder and CEO of SoapBox Soaps, David gets to live the startup life and work to improve the lives of children around the globe. His product is simple, and so is the process of giving back for his customers. They buy a bar of soap, and SoapBox Soaps donates a bar to a child in need.

As David puts it, “We just try to do as much good as we can in the world.” This means that his company partners with organizations as big as UNICEF, or as small as a local community group.

According to David, 24,000 children under the age of 5 die every day from preventable disease. Of these 24,000, 3,000 die from a lack of access to clean water and soap.

We’re all familiar with the clean water initiatives that are helping deserving people have access to clean water around the world: Charity:Water and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are among them.

However, David’s company steps in where many others have left off. They focus not only on providing soap, but also on instilling the habit of washing with soap to improve sanitation and prevent disease.

David says that, while washing with soap is ingrained in our society, that just isn’t the case everywhere. Even though his solution is simple, it is saving plenty of lives.

Watch David discuss his inspiration for becoming a social entrepreneur in the video below.

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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