Health 2 Humanity founder comes clean |

Health 2 Humanity founder comes clean

Jenna Palacio
Special to the Tribune

Tahoe native John Cefalu, co-founder of Health 2 Humanity, has a fresh approach to addressing the health crisis in Africa: Create a soap product that helps teach, train and fund businesses that promote social good. Based in South Lake Tahoe, H2H sells soap products in the United States. The sales provide resources and training to underprivileged youth in Kenya and Ghana to make their own hygiene products and eventually run their own business.

Since 2014, H2H has donated more than 4,000 hygiene products to sponsored areas. Within six months of H2H support in these areas, illness rates dropped by 60 percent by simply using soap, according to Cefalu. The World Health Organization reports 1.4 million deaths could be avoided worldwide through hand-washing.

In collaboration with Nevada non-profit Think Kindness, H2H has helped eight orphanages, a community center and a rural tribe in Africa. Every bar purchased provides four bars to children in need and every 250 bars of soap that are sold sponsor another orphanage. The company was started in Cefalu’s dorm room in 2013.

“We are a company that wants to leave the world better than when we came into it,” Cefalu said. “It’s amazing what soap can accomplish globally.”

The process starts when someone buys a bar of H2H soap. Half of that money goes into a fund that brings resources and training to a developing country. H2H hires and trains disadvantaged people in the targeted area to make its soap and then each child in a nearby orphanage gets a bar. Whatever soap is left over can be sold by the person and 100-percent of the profits go back to the sponsored orphanage, Cefalu said.

H2H soaps are available at local retailers such as Gaialicious, Bio Spirit Day Spa, Tahoe Landing, Top Drawer, Onsen Spa at MontBleu Resort Casino, Grass Roots Natural Foods and online at Made from pure ingredients, each bar touts saponified olive coconut and castor oils and sustainably harvested shea butter.

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