Derreck Kayongo, who along with his family fled a civil war in Uganda and then found his way to the U.S., has become a successful entrepreneur as the founder of the Global Soap Project: a program which takes partially used soap from hotels, recycles them into brand new soap and redistributes them to vulnerable populations around the world.
Today the Global Soap Project’s distribution operation is active in over 90 countries and has given away more than five million bars of soap to refugees, including people affected by humanitarian disasters like the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the recent Ebola health crisis in West Africa.Mr. Kayongo has received numerous awards for his work including CNN’s Top Ten Heroes award. However, Mr. Kayongo’s most prized notations came when he received the Certificate of Congressional Recognition by Congressman John Lewis as well as the accolades from Noble Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu for his work with Global Soap.
Mr. Kayongo is also a notable speaker and has been featured on many high profile shows such as CNN’s Amanpour and BBC’s Focus on Africa. In addition, Mr. Kayongo has co-authored “The Roadmap to Success” with Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Ken Blanchard.