Economy / Employment - Lebanon - Enterprises and Unions

Soap making to support unemployed women in Lebanon

20.11.2019 / Created by (EMWF)

Women make up only 28% of the total labour force in Lebanon According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index 2018, many studies attribute this huge gap in economic participation to domestic burdens and responsibilities placed on women, as well as to the discrimination the face in terms of access to leadership or management positions, as well as to many other challenges, such as difficulty in obtaining funding.

Despite this, many women struggle on a daily basis to create jobs for themselves and other women. They are also actively engaged in improving and developing their communities, especially in light of the economic and environmental crisis undergoing in Lebanon.

Zoap project, is a very a good example on these efforts. It was created by a group of women who made soap using oils recycled by other women in need of jobs. The project also aimed at contributing to environmental awareness about the importance of recycling through workshops and school visits.

The project started in 2014 as a solo initiative from a group of women who learned to make soap at home, and then developed into a successful company that won the Best Social Business Award in the regional competition “Ripples of Happiness” for sustainable projects.

To learn more about this pilot project, please check the link below.




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Isha L'Isha - Haifa Feminist Center
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Association Irtikaa
Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences, University of Malta
Life  Foundation for Development and Social Reintegration (LFDCI)
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)
Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality
Amadal Presse
Nazra for Feminist Studies
Vision Communication Consultancy
Wafa Association for Awareness
Association Entrelles Entrepreneures SM
Research Team on Gender
Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE)
Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development  (ARDD - Legal Aid)
Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women
Kenzy Associacion for Development
Sama Goods
Committee for the Follow-Up on women' s Issues (CFUWI)
Ibn Battuta Foundation
Be active. Be emancipated (B.a.B.e.)
March Lebanon Association
Arab Women Media Center (AWMC)
Mediterranean Observatory of Communication (OMEC)
Hope Village Society (HVS)
Office for Gender Equality
Assiouar collective
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Libya Women's Forum
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