Nathan Walden

OWNER - HOPE SOAP OHIO

After meeting many individuals who are/were homeless and being compelled to help, I started serving hot meals to the homeless weekly and giving away many needed items about 7 years ago. I have also been interested in helping them find their purpose in life, whatever it takes. I then developed a skin problem that doctors couldn’t find a cure for. I decided to create my own cure by making my own skincare with natural ingredients. It worked! These things together created Hope Soap- A plant based skincare company that caters to individuals with sensitive skin and to the homeless community with the bars of soap we give them.

What makes you stand out in the maker community?

I believe my business stands out from the rest because we give back to a local cause. The individuals we help are living in Akron, Oh, where we are based out of. We also don’t have secrets but are very transparent with what is in our products, our goals and who is a part of the team. It’s important for our customers to know we are real people with lives and who we are as individuals.

Tell us about your work and the projects you are currently working on.

Who is your favorite contemporary artist or maker?

I am inspired by Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes in Cleveland, OH. She has inspired me from her cake designs, her business model and her social media. I don’t know anything about baking but I know her business inspires me to be greater!

What inspired you to become a maker?

My mind is constantly running and coming up with ideas and I have to MAKE them happen. I think my creative thoughts inspire me to make them reality daily. Also, creating income that can assist the homeless community while doing something I love is an inspiration.