On our way back to the Land Rover, I told Stanley I’d like to photograph how local soap is made. I hardly got the words out of my mouth when we saw two women approach with trays on their heads. One of them was selling soap.
Locally made Ghanaian bar soap, a little worse for wear after having traveled to the U.S. in my suitcase.
She was selling two bars for 50 pesewas, which is roughly 35 cents. I was so distracted with the soap buying that I completely forgot to ask the seller if I could take her photo.
The ball shaped soap I finally found for sale about ten days later at the Agomanya market. It’s actually more of a tan color than the peach color shown in the photo, but I was unable to adjust the color balance so it would come out right.
These soaps are soap in its most basic form. They are not perfumed, and they are sold in clear plastic baggies. Stanley said that local soap is very good and will get rid of skin rashes. I’ve been using the round soap since I got back. I didn’t have any rashes to test it with, but it definitely gets the job done that soap is intended to do.
Unfortunately, we didn’t find anyone making soap on this trip.