Larry Plesent Featured in The Herald of Randolph

Martha Slater of The Herald of Randolph recently wrote an article about Vermont Soap’s president Larry Plesent, discussing his work in Africa. Larry Plesent is passionate about helping people and he’s also passionate about making soap. As owner and chief … Continued

Larry Returns to Liberia

Dear Friends, This month’s Green Energy Times column is being written in a small northern village in Liberia, West Africa where I am once again working with local people to improve the quality of their soap products. We use palm … Continued

Training Manual for a Village Soap-Making Operation

Presented by Larry Plesent and Sandy Lincoln with assistance from Ezra Nkrumah This manual was created based on experience in the field at Asawinso Village, Western Region, Ghana, with the Asawinso Cooperative Oil Palm Millers Association (COPAMA), and sponsored by … Continued

In-depth Information on Making Potash

In-depth Information on Making Potash

Potash is the byproduct of running water through ashes, and an essential ingredient in village soapmaking. For an in-depth article on making potash – click here.    

Ghana 2005 Solar Shea Drier Mission

Ghana 2005 Solar Shea Drier Mission

Sponsored by USAID Farmserve Program and OIC International Larry Plesent – Volunteer This solar shea nut drier, or drying tunnel, is based on the original work pioneered by Dr. Peter Lovett PhD., of Tamale, Ghana. Dr. Lovett is the world’s … Continued

West Africa – Issues and Challenges

The world is changing rapidly. Societies that have lived in equilibrium with their ecosystems for thousands of years are now wrestling with issues of deforestation and the droughts that inevitably follow the large scale cutting of trees. Overpopulation threatens every … Continued