The word crochet comes from the old French word “croches” or “croc” meaning hook. Originating in France during the 16th century, crochet was used as a simple method of making lace. It was especially popular during the early part of the 20th century as edgings for linen tablecloths and petticoats, collars, and dollies.
With practice, soapmaking is not difficult and is suitable as a small-scale business. It uses simple equipment and vegetable oils or animal fats as raw materials, each of which is likely to be locally available in most countries. However, it is more difficult to produce high-quality hard soap, which in some countries is necessary to compete with imported products or those produced by large-scale manufacturers.