Our Story

While working in rural northern Thailand in 2013, our founder Erin first met children who didn’t know what soap was. She brought them soap, trying to conduct an impromptu hand-washing workshop but was stunned to see the children smacking their faces with the bars of soap, unsure of what to do with it.

Upon Erin’s return to the US, she found that this problem in Thailand actually existed in many developing countries. Soap is something that so many of us take for granted – but there are many people today who can’t afford it and don’t understand the benefits of hand washing.

Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of infection and illness, and is more effective, yet cheaper, than any vaccine on the market. With this in mind, Sundara was born.

Sundara comes from the Sanskrit word “beautiful” since we believe that beauty is what you give and teach to others. Please join us on our mission to share lifesaving knowledge and the most basic public health supplies with communities that need it most.


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