57 results for author: Erica Lloyd


Container Based Sanitation Takes Center Stage at World Water Week

At World Water Week, the world’s largest annual gathering focused on water issues, it was actually poop that took center stage this year! The theme of this year’s conference was “Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse” – and the buzz around SOIL and other Container-Based Sanitation (CBS) service providers was palpable. See for yourself: Devex reported that the innovation happening in CBS was one of the top five highlights of the conference! Why all the excitement? As cities and municipalities work to increase access to sanitation, they have run up against significant limitations with the two traditional techniques: sewer systems and pit ...

EkoLakay Goes – Faster!

Nine months ago I wrote with great excitement (and to be honest, a few nerves) about SOIL’s brand new data management initiative for EkoLakay, our household toilet service. EkoLakay is now serving about 1,000 families, and as you can imagine, with weekly waste collections, monthly subscription fees, maintenance requests, and more, there’s a [poop]load of information to manage! SOIL’s new system uses Taroworks, an Android app, so that our EkoLakay team can both view and collect data on mobile phones, even while offline. When connected to the internet, the phones then transmit that data to SalesForce, a powerful cloud-hosted database which ...

JOB OPENING: EkoLakay Program Advisor

Job Announcement: EkoLakay Program Advisor Location: Port-au-Prince with limited travel to Cap-Haitien Application Deadline: June 16th, 2017 Start Date: July 1st, 2017 or as soon as possible JOB DESCRIPTION SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) has been working in Haiti since 2006 to promote dignity, health, and sustainable livelihoods through the transformation of wastes into resources. The SOIL leadership team is pleased to announce an opportunity to join the SOIL Advisory Team in our Port-au-Prince office to support the development of our innovative social business (EkoLakay) for the provision of ecological household ...

Fòmasyon Sanitasyon Ekolojik: 16 Novanm, 2016

[Click here to read this information in English.] Detanzantan, SOIL oganize atelye pou pataje eksperyans ak konesans nou genyen ak teknoloji Sanitasyon Ekolojik (EkoSan) an Ayiti Fomasyon sa genyen ladan yon rezime de pwogram nou yo, pa egzamp: teknoloji ke nou sevi, leson nou te aprann nan devlopman tekonoloji sa yo, e pwopozisyon nou genyen pou amelyore koman teknoloji sa yo ka aplike pi byen. Enfòmasyon Atelye Dat: Mekredi, 16 Septanm 2016, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Location: Delmas 31, Pòtopwens Lang yo: Kreyol Ajanda 8h00 – 8h30: Anrejistreman tout patisipan yo 8h30 – 9h50: Mo Byenvini, Tour de Tab, Entwodiksyon EkoSan e SOIL 9h50 ...

SOIL Ecological Sanitation Training: November 16, 2016

[Li enfòmasyon sa a an kreyòl ayisyen.] SOIL conducts regular one-day workshops on SOIL’s use of ecological sanitation (EcoSan) technology in Haiti. This workshop includes an overview of SOIL’s programs, technologies used, lessons learned, and implementation suggestions. Read more about past training sessions here.   Workshop Information Date Wednesday, November 16, 2016 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Location Delmas 31, Port-au-Prince Language Haitian Creole Tentative Agenda 8:00 – 8:30: Registration 8:30 – 9:50: Welcome, Introduction to Ecological Sanitation and SOIL 9:50 – 10:20: Coffee and snacks 10:20-12:30: Technical ...

EkoLakay Go!

Thanks to an exciting new development, SOIL staff will soon be wandering through the streets, staring at excitedly at their cell phones. No, Pokemon Go isn’t coming to Haiti (yet) - but SOIL is going mobile! After more than a year of research, we are moving forward with setting up a new data system for EkoLakay, SOIL’s household toilet service. From tracking a potential customer to client contracts, payments, and bucket collections, running the EkoLakay service generates a ton of important data. When we first started the service in 2011, we put all of that data in an Excel spreadsheet – and 700 customers and 6 interconnected documents later, ...

Job Opening: Compost Program Advisor

Please see the attached PDF for the job description and application instructions! [gview file="http://www.oursoil.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Job-Posting-Composting-PA.pdf"]

Artists Benefit SOIL In Fight Against Climate Change

When it comes to climate change, we all can do our part to reduce our impact on global warming – from increasing our use of public transportation to reducing the amount of red meat we consume, we can each do something to contribute to a solution. This year, a group of fourteen artists decided to make a more unusual contribution: using their works of contemporary art to mobilize climate change action on a larger scale. For the first part of the project, the artists displayed huge works of art around Paris while the city hosted the Climate Change Conference (COP 21).  Since governments from around the world were working on a new climate ...

SOIL on Center Stage At Haiti’s National Sanitation Conference

Although nearly 75% of Haitians lack access to toilets, it’s not for lack of effort or attention by the Haitian government. Despite the fact that the sanitation authority (known by its French acronym, DINEPA) is relatively new, formed just prior to the earthquake in 2009, they have worked tirelessly to develop a National Sanitation Strategy in response to inadequate sanitation access and Haiti’s devastating cholera outbreak that began in 2011. Haiti’s sanitation challenge has been in the implementation of the strategy, and sadly 5 years into the cholera outbreak hundreds of Haitians continue to die from the disease each year. To begin making ...

Happy Mother’s Day from SOIL!

Don’t worry, we’re not a few weeks late – in Haiti, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of May. As in America, it’s a major holiday, and last week everyone was looking for the perfect cards, flowers, and other gifts to show appreciation to their moms! Here in Port-au-Prince, there are mothers in nearly every EkoLakay household we serve, the majority whom have children under the age of 5. We thought Mother’s Day would be the perfect opportunity to show our customers some love! Our EkoLakay team put together basic hygiene kits that included a small bottle of bleach, toilet paper, Fab (a popular cleaning product in Haiti), and ...