World Economic Forum Blog: Why Social Entrepreneurs See the Opportunity in Waste

World Economic Forum Blog: Why Social Entrepreneurs See the Opportunity in Waste

By Sasha Kramer, SOIL for the World Economic Forum Blog. Gone are the days of sanitation languishing in the shadows while other basic human needs take the spotlight. In the past decade, the topic of sanitation has emerged from backroom discussions among engineers at water conferences to a high-level, global dialogue among activists, celebrities and philanthropists. Many have come to the table through the obvious connection between sanitation and public health. According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, over 1.5 million children die...

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Food Tank: Food Hero: Sasha Kramer, How SOIL Works at the Nexus of Human Rights and Ecology

Food Tank: Food Hero: Sasha Kramer, How SOIL Works at the Nexus of Human Rights and Ecology

By Sasha Kramer, in Food Tank, March 16, 2014 Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) is an organization based in Haiti that was founded in 2006 with a mission of ensuring nutrients for all through the transformation of wastes into resources, or more precisely by turning poop into soil.  We believe that the key to equitable access to nutrients, in a world filled with inequality, is to empower communities to harness the power of ecological processes to transform a dangerous pollutant into a valuable resource. SOIL was founded on...

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January 2014 Newsletter: Resilient as the Soil

January 2014 Newsletter: Resilient as the Soil

This is a land so vibrant and alive that laugher will come bursting through as imperious as the sun and the spirit will survive resilient as the soil. - Dennis Brutus 1978 ”Love; the Struggle”   Dennis Brutus, a visionary poet and courageous activist, was also a founding member of the SOIL advisory board. Dennis’ lifetime struggle for justice inspired SOIL’s philosophy of liberation ecology and I often look to his writings for guidance.  While reflecting on the 4th anniversary of Haiti’s earthquake, I remembered Dennis’...

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The Philosophical Roots of SOIL’s Waste Transformation Work in Haiti — Nutrient Access and Human Rights

The Philosophical Roots of SOIL’s Waste Transformation Work in Haiti — Nutrient Access and Human Rights

**  This post is a modified essay that was originally published in the online literary magazine Drunken Boat.  We hope this will give our supporters insight into SOIL’s guiding principles and we thank Drunken Boat and Ashoka Changemakers for encouraging us to philosophically reflect on why we do the work we do.** Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods  (SOIL) is an organization based in Haiti that was founded in 2006 with a mission of ensuring nutrients for all through the transformation of wastes into resources, or more precisely by...

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Can NGOs be a Vehicle for Sustainable Sanitation? A Case Study from Haiti

Can NGOs be a Vehicle for Sustainable Sanitation? A Case Study from Haiti

** This post is a direct transcript of SOIL Executive Director, Sasha Kramer’s, talk at World Water Week Stockholm on September 3, 2013 during a session called “Learning from WASH System Failures: Resilient Risk Reduction“. My name is Sasha Kramer and I am an ecologist who has been living and working in Haiti since 2006 as the Executive Director and Co-founder of SOIL, a non-profit promoting and researching ecological sanitation in dense urban areas.  Today I will not be speaking from the perspective of SOIL but rather as an...

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April 2013 Newsletter: Shada Flood

April 2013 Newsletter: Shada Flood

Dear friends, All of our long time supporters are by now familiar with the community of Shada in Cap-Haitien, where SOIL has been working since 2006.  This is the home of the magnificent and charismatic Madame Bwa and the thousands of residents that inspire us with their courage and resilience.  That courage was once again put to the test when spring rains brought massive flooding to the community of Shada earlier this week. Flooding is not new in Shada, as the low-lying neighborhood has always been hit hard during heavy rains, but this year...

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Talking Soil with Peter Morgan

Talking Soil with Peter Morgan

In May 2012 my husband Anthony and I had the very special opportunity to spend several days with a dear friend of mine, and SOIL’s deepest inspiration.  Peter Morgan is a British Marine Biologist who has lived in Zimbabwe for over 40 years.  Although trained as a biologist Peter has dedicated his life to addressing basic human rights such as water and sanitation.  Though quite a humble man, Peter has been an inspiration not only to SOIL but to water and sanitation engineers around the world through his development of simple innovative...

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SOIL Honors our Outgoing Operations Director

SOIL Honors our Outgoing Operations Director

It is with some sadness that we share the news that Nick Preneta, SOIL’s Operations Director in Port au Prince since the office opened in 2010, will be changing his role with SOIL.  Nick has been the heart and soul of our Port-au-Prince team for 3 years and he will be sorely missed.  We are delighted that Nick will remain on as SOIL’s Deputy Director for the coming months working closely with the team from his new home in Oregon, where he is settling in with his family. Although we all feel Nick’s absence, what we feel most of...

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January 2013 Newsletter: Hope and Remembrance 3 Years Later

January 2013 Newsletter: Hope and Remembrance 3 Years Later

Dear Friends, I am writing this letter at 3:53 pm January 12, 2013.  Three years ago today Port au Prince was bustling with activity as people spilled into the streets from work and school.  Mothers returned home after a long day of working under the hot sun, fathers greeted their children with tired eyes, neighbors shared warm handshakes and laughed away the day’s challenges.  One hour later the city collapsed and over 300,000 of these mothers, fathers, children and neighbors were lost in an instant. Last night at the stroke of midnight...

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Konpos Lakay Debut– Christmas Special

Konpos Lakay Debut– Christmas Special

This holiday season SOIL has a special treat for plants throughout Haiti.  We have 25,000 lbs. of beautiful compost ready for distribution at a special holiday price of just 75 HTG (less than $2 US) per 5-gallon bag.  We even have given our compost a name “Konpos Lakay” which means “local compost” but sounds much cooler in Kreyol. This is our first large-scale distribution and the team in Port au Prince has been hard at work all week sifting, bagging and piling up the compost. We are so proud to see SOIL’s emergency sanitation work...

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