Harnessing Your Power to Create Change

Derreck Kayongo, Business Visionary, Global Soap Project Founder & CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta

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As Founder of the Global Soap Project, Kayongo has built a multi-million dollar venture which takes recycled soap and distributes it through global health programs to people who lack access to it around the world. He breaks down the key factors that have led to his personal success; (S.E.L.F.) Service, Education, Leadership and Faith and shares his account of life as a Ugandan refugee and the turning point which lead him to a brilliant transformation as a social entrepreneur. He will call upon you to stop complaining and to start taking responsibility, to consistently seek opportunities to improve, and most importantly, to maintain faith in yourself and your team to create an environment where everyone is empowered to thrive. 

About Derreck

Derreck Kayongo and his family fled a civil war in Uganda and settled in the U.S. when Kayongo was just ten years old. Now a successful entrepreneur, Kayongo is a renowned expert in environmental sustainability and global health. Kayongo is the founder of the Global Soap Project: a program which takes donated, melted, purified and reprocessed hotel soap and redistributes it to vulnerable populations around the world.

Kayongo's Global Soap Recycling enterprise has recently expanded to Hong Kong. A franchisee operation has opened a factory to reprocess soap called the Soap Cycling. Today the Global Soap Project’s distribution operation is active in 32 countries and has given away more than two million bars of soap to refugees, including people affected by humanitarian disasters like the 2010 Haitian Earth quake that left over 100,000 people dead.

Currently, there are 1,500 hotels that are members of the Global Soap Project Recycling program in the United States alone and the list of participating countries is continuing to expand. Global Soap recently partnered with Clean the World, to make an even more expansive and effective organization.

Kayongo was recently selected by President Jimmy Carter to interview him as part of the National Archives’ Amending America Initiative.

Kayongo's Global Soap Project has been designated for a Day of Recognition by the city of Atlanta on May 5th of each year as Global Soap Project Day. On April 8th 2014, Kayongo was one of the elite TED TALK speakers at the esteemed Memminger Auditorium in Charleston, SC. Kayongo is a graduate of the prestigious Fletcher school of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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