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Kfarkela, Marjeyoun district

Khodor Serhan is one of the most important traditional soap makers in South Lebanon. He is located in Kfarkela, near Bwabat Fatma, in a region known for its numerous olive trees. Khodor began making soaps in 1989 after the Liberation War; there was an abundant olive oil production, and he wanted to prevent any product waste. Helped by his son who is a doctor, Khodor quickly became an important actor of the natural soap market in the country. He makes soap with a variety of ingredients from his homeland other than olive oil, such as laurel oil, honey, milk, lavender, rosemary, etc. Khodor also gives soapmaking formation classes, in collaboration with international cooperation programs. Through these courses, he helps poor Lebanese and Syrian women learn and take up a professional activity, and he also transmits the Lebanese soapmaking techniques and traditions to younger generations. You can find Khodor every Saturday at Souk el Tayeb, where he will be glad to show you his soapmaking skills.