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About Zambia

Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa. It has a population of about 11 million in an area slightly larger than Texas. Its neighbors are Congo and Tanzania to the north; Angola to the west; Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Namibia to the south; and Malawi to the east. The Zambezi River, with its spectacular Victoria Falls, forms Zambia's southern border with Zimbabwe.

Unlike many of its neighbors, Zambia has enjoyed relative political stability and peace since it gained independence in 1964. Although its population consists of many different tribes and ethnic groups, these groups coexist in peace.

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Economically, though, Zambia remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with a gross income per capita of less than $500 a year (1). This means that a staggering 64% of the population live on less than a dollar a day (2).

Zambia also suffers from an extremely high rate of HIV infection, at 16.5% of the population. Nearly a million people currently live with AIDS. Life expectancy is only 40 years, and nearly one in ten children will die before their first birthday.

In light of these tremendous needs, The Zambian Soap Company exists to bring hope and dignity to the people of Zambia. Support our efforts by enjoying our soap, and by volunteering your time and expertise as an advocate. Zambia will be grateful!

(1) World Bank
(2) Earth Trends
Unless otherwise noted, statistics are taken from the CIA World Factbook