When the weather gets warmer and the humidity increases it is common for many of our children to develop “hongos” or sores in their scalps. If untreated these sores become large, infected and quite unsightly. At times the hair follicles are destroyed and the children have a bald spot.
A Dominican doctor taught me how to make an anti-fugal shampoo that works well for stopping the progress of the “hongos.” I have made it periodically in my home and then taken it out to families in the village. The moms have often commented how well this formula works and some now ask for it at the first sign of an “hongo.”
As I started to make up a new batch recently the thought occurred to me, “Why am I making this? Why don’t I teach the women to make it?” The villagers aren’t the only ones learning!
Yesterday I took out all the supplies and explained how to make the anti-fungal shampoo. They did a great job of making it and then dividing it between the 27 interested women. They also divided the cost – approximately 73 cents per 1/2 soda bottle.
One more step toward independence for them – one less thing on my “to-do” list. That’s what I call a win-win!