Chemists and Do-Gooders: the Drunken Chemist is Partnering with Social Enterprise PATHFINDER to Create Jobs for Women in India

TDC, also known as The Drunken Chemist, is an LLC based in Charlotte, NC, that makes handmade, high quality soaps and bath products. TDC has been committed from day one to sourcing sustainable, simple, healthy ingredients. Not only are these handmade products free of toxins and pore clogging chemicals, but the essential oils and natural butters used can actually help calm irritation, balance mood and keep the skin's natural barriers intact.

Charlotte, NC, August 22, 2015 --( In holistic philosophy, they always look to see what has worked in other cultures and times, and in using minimal ingredients that you can actually pronounce, TDC has created products that are chock full of time tested remedies. They are giving the power back to the consumer to take control of their wellness in an easy, enjoyable way.

When TDC began their business in 2011, the two partners, Karen Belciglio and Lisa Collier, created a lean business model which based its growth on sales and receivables and did not require outside business loans or debt to grow.

From the beginning, TDC has focused on their role as a responsible, global partner. Proceeds from their ‘Cavalry Clean’ soap are donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. They donate Sei, their non-allergic and non-scented soap, to groups supplying chemotherapy patients. They also donate many baskets to local raffles and craft shows that raise funds for community projects.

Recently, they joined with PATHFINDER, a new social enterprise that has set out to prove what they believe to be true around the world: each of us has the power to bring about positive, impactful change, and together, our potential is limitless.

Their primary goal in partnering with PATHFINDER is to facilitate a situation which provides women in impoverished areas an opportunity to work. They will create a quality product which, in turn, affords them self-sufficiency. With this goal comes many challenges. The access to clean water and workspace, a feasible and flexible business model, and a supportive infrastructure will be critical to this project.

On the new partnership and next steps Karen Belciglio of TDC said, “We are currently in the process of examining and strategizing ways to overcome these challenges. We feel we offer the expertise, passion, and dedication this project requires, and we are honored that PATHFINDER felt the same.”

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Jessica van Thiel
Founding & Managing Partner
PATHFINDER | Consulting for Sustainable Development

Editor’s Note
About The Drunken Chemist
The Drunken Chemist (TDC) is a business run by two sisters who are scientists/chemists by trade. They make soap formulae with locally sourced, responsible ingredients which are environmentally sound, ethically tested (i.e. not on animals). They contacted PATHFINDER because aside from growing their business in the US, they want to expand TDC that is dedicated to creating social impact.
They are currently working on a new formula that reduces the need of clean, drinking water and lye which is a material that can be dangerous to handle outside a lab – so that they can work around conditions in the field in India (as there is a lack of access to clean water and safety).

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Singh and van Thiel, cofounders of PATHFINDER, may be best described as highly specialized consultants. They engage financial organizations and impact investors, including venture capitalists, private equity firms and CSR departments who are committed to making a social impact via sustainable, scalable and profitable business models, and they connect them to local social entrepreneurs with demonstrably compelling ideas that need financing and direction.

Having identified their clients and partners, they provide lasting strategy and management consulting by way of relationship governance and business education among other facets of leadership and guidance.

They strive to ensure their experts in the field are fully enabled, consistently prepared and subsequently successful. Their efforts do not end at tangible results, however. The entire project is documented and every successful venture is presented to local government where, with the support of local experts and leadership, they can help deploy proven policies. Additionally, their work is entirely transparent, documented and available for auditing, study and analysis.

PATHFINDER’s Advantages

They have created an innovative new model that
a. Is based on extensive research of the global development industry’s gaps and requirements, and
b. Addresses known industry issues that currently hamper development efforts everywhere.

Their model is just the right balance of structure and flexibility. While the structure keeps them on track, flexibility is key to creating solutions that adapt to the needs and circumstances of each particular engagement, over time.

They are well educated, traveled and trained individuals who joined in their passion and commitment to help create a better world for all.

For further information:
Jessica van Thiel
+33 682 865 072