SOIL is Hiring! Seeking a Port-au-Prince Regional Director

SOIL is Hiring! Seeking a Port-au-Prince Regional Director

SOIL is seeking a Regional Director for our Port-au-Prince office. We’re looking for someone who can help us move forward on a range of exciting projects designed to increase access to sustainable sanitation in Haiti and share what we’ve learned with other entrepreneurs and implementers around Haiti and globally. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in social business development and/or sanitation marketing. Thank you for sharing this announcement widely and helping us find the right person to join our...

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SOIL Partners with the American Red Cross to Expand Sustainable Sanitation Services in Northern Haiti

SOIL Partners with the American Red Cross to Expand Sustainable Sanitation Services in Northern Haiti

Over the past few months, loyal readers of the SOIL blog may have noticed several posts about SOIL’s growing partnership with the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross, in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, first approached SOIL last summer to design and lead a series of trainings designed to help development workers enhance environmental and social resilience to future disasters through their emergency relief work. While this exciting effort is ongoing, SOIL’s collaboration with the American Red Cross continues to...

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SOIL Honored by Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

SOIL Honored by Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

We’re very pleased to announce that SOIL’s Executive Director and Co-Founder, Dr. Sasha Kramer, has been named a 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year in recognition of her groundbreaking work developing new social business models for the ecological and financially sustainable provision of sanitation services in some of the world’s most impoverished communities. Sasha’s work with SOIL is unique in that it is one of the largest and most promising tests of the paradigm-shifting hypothesis that sanitation no...

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SOIL Research Published in the Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development

SOIL Research Published in the Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development

Thermophilic co-composting of human wastes in Haiti. Preneta, N., S. Kramer, B. Magloire, J.M. Noel. 2013. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development. Available at www.iwaponline.com/washdev/up/washdev2013145.htm. Diarrhea kills 2,195 children every day—more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined (CDC 2013). Increasing access to safe drinking water reduces the incidences of diarrheal infections, but the only truly effective long-term solution to this public health crisis is to increase access to sanitation....

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EAWAG-SOIL Paid Internship: Business Support in the Up-scaling of Sanitation and Waste Businesses

EAWAG-SOIL Paid Internship: Business Support in the Up-scaling of Sanitation and Waste Businesses

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, and SOIL announce the opening of an exciting new paid internship to support the scale-up of SOIL’s sanitation social businesses in Haiti. We are seeking a candidate with significant experience in business modeling, process engineering, and marketing & distribution in order to help us evaluate the potential for scale-up of SOIL’s promising sanitation social entrepreneurship ventures and to help lay the groundwork to transfer operations to the private sector ....

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Theo Talks Episode 21: First Honey

Theo Talks Episode 21: First Honey

Haiti has a long tradition of beekeeping with apiary skills commonly being passed down through the generations. In a continued effort to support rural income development in Haiti, SOIL has recently joined the effort and become home to a few hives of honey bees. In a short video from the recent Theo Talks archives, join SOIL’s charismatic Regional Director Theo Huitema as he explores his inner-aparian and is confronted with that timeless question: “To bee or not to bee?” We hope you enjoy this short video and...

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Wait List for SOIL Toilets in Cap-Haitien Grows to Over 575 Families

Wait List for SOIL Toilets in Cap-Haitien Grows to Over 575 Families

In October last year, SOIL and our partners at re.Source Sanitation launched a new project to build toilets throughout the Shada neighborhood of Cap-Haitien. In exchange for a small monthly user fee, SOIL regularly picks up toilet wastes and delivers them to a SOIL compost site for safe treatment. This is a revolutionary test of a new social business model for sustainably providing complete sanitation (toilets and waste treatment) that has the potential to significantly increase sanitation access in impoverished urban communities around the...

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Press Release: SOIL a Finalist in the Nature Conservancy / Rare Solution Search: Adapting to Climate Change

Press Release: SOIL a Finalist in the Nature Conservancy / Rare Solution Search: Adapting to Climate Change

SOIL was recently selected as a top 10 finalist in a Nature Conservancy / RARE contest recognizing promising efforts to help vulnerable communities reduce environmental risk and adapt to climate change. SOIL’s proposal to use ecological sanitation (EcoSan) technology to improve food security, support freshwater conservation, increase reforestation, and support livelihoods diversification caught the eye of an initial panel of judges. Over the next 10 days, voting will be opened to the general public to pick their favourite solution for...

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A New SOIL Office in Cap-Haitien – Coming Soon!

A New SOIL Office in Cap-Haitien – Coming Soon!

For the past five years SOIL has been renting a beautiful downtown building in Cap-Haitien that has served as our northern Haiti office. This building has many benefits: it’s conveniently close to the urban neighborhoods we work in and also close to the bus station, the airport, our partner organizations, local government offices, and the vegetable market. And perhaps most importantly: after a long day of work, we love looking out at the gorgeous view of the Cap-Haitien Bay from the buildings’ wraparound balconies. But despite all...

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Positive News: Waste Not, Want Not: How Human Waste is Being Turned Into Help for Haiti

Positive News: Waste Not, Want Not: How Human Waste is Being Turned Into Help for Haiti

By Positive News, July 2, 2013 A project in the Caribbean country of Haiti, which continues to struggle with the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, is turning toilet waste into a valuable resource In the UK most of us flush the toilet without a second thought, but for the majority of Haitians, this access to sanitation is something they can only dream of. Just 10% of rural Haitians and less than a quarter of city dwellers have access to sanitation facilities. Those without are forced to throw away their waste however they can, carrying it to...

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