Mapalus Mokupa Manado - Natural Handmade Soap
History of Mapalus MokupaMapalus Mokupa is a legally registered NGO / LSM (Lembaga Swadaya Masyarakat) in Indonesia, founded in 2008 by a small of group of people who wished to help poor people in the local community find a livelihood. Roughly translated, Mapalus means "Helping Each Other" in the local Manadonese dialect.
Rather than acting as a charity seeking donations, the founders decided it would be better for Mapalus Mokupa to manufacture a product that they know is always in demand and which local people could be trained to manufacture - that product is SOAP.
In mid 2009 Mapalus Mokupa began experimenting in the production of soap. The intention was, wherever possible, to use locally grown ingredients, to further support the local economy but also to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the need to transport materials from outside the province.
Using advice from books, the internet and existing soap producers who kindly supported us, after about six months of trial and error we were finally able to produce our first commercial standard soaps. It was a proud day, which gave us hope of a brighter future for some people in need.