UNAIR Student Community Service Team Empowers Locals Amid Pandemic

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To promote personal hygiene and to drive the prevention of the coronavirus infection, the 62nd Community Service Program Team of Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) with Family Welfare Movement (PKK) representatives from Alasmalang village, Singojuruh Sub-district, Banyuwangi Regency, produced environmental-friendly cleaning soaps called SUPIR MALING.

Nana Nur Hasanah,  the person in charge of the SUPIR MALING program, explains that this program was held to answer the problems that exist in the community. The soap is produced to be distributed to Alasmalang villagers and is expected to add new skills to PKK members.

”We produce the soap to reduce the burden in the community, especially in terms of reducing household expenses for purchasing hand washing soap,” Nana explained the reason for holding SUPIR MALING program.

“SUPIR MALING can be used to wash hands or wash dishes, it is environmentally friendly, so it can be a new business opportunity for the community,” Nana added.

The activity of making SUPIR MALING was conducted by the KKN Team of Universitas Airlangga and PKK Alasmalang under the strict health protocols.

The process of making the soap takes up to two days. The first day is for making soap, it is let to stand overnight. On the second day, it was packaged and then distributed to the community.

Through the program, KKN Universitas Airlangga Team hopes that this activity can be continued even after the KKN has ended.

“We hope that the PKK cadres we empowered can pass on their knowledge to local residents so that the program will be sustainable, thus at least household expenses will be reduced slightly because there is no need to buy hand washing soap and dishwashing soap,” concluded Nana.