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Equip SOIL for Success: We Need Your Help!

SOIL is busy these days! In Port-au-Prince, the office is buzzing with plans for rolling out the EkoLakay service, and in Cap-Haitien, SOIL staff are working at full speed to build and install over 100 household toilets every month. To keep up with these exciting developments, we need your help to meet five specific needs: new uniforms, improving our solar-power system, purchasing a new Poopmobile moto, grinding cover material to "flush" our toilets, and installing a solar-powered water pump. All of these activities are critical to the smooth and efficient scale-up of our EkoLakay toilet project. We ask you to please consider making a small ...

Utopia Foundation


Land for Life


Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

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September 2014 Newsletter: Thank You for Investing in Us

Dear friends, Looking for a job in Haiti can be a heartbreakingly difficult task. Every year thousands of talented young people graduate from Haiti’s universities trained in agronomy, engineering, economics, education, and medicine, yet, despite their eager efforts, their chances of finding a good job are extremely limited. According to the Economist, “around three-quarters of Haitians are either unemployed or try to make ends meet in the informal economy.” Supporting sustainable market-based solutions in Haiti is critical to supporting Haiti’s long-term economic development, and SOIL is dedicated to researching social business solutions ...

‘Humanure’ May Be an Answer to Haiti’s Tragic Cholera Epidemic

by Sara Fanning and Rob Curran in the Global Post. DENTON, Texas — Haiti has never fully recovered from the devastating earthquake of 2010. Widespread homelessness, impassable roads, food insecurity, and access to clean drinking water continue to hinder recovery efforts. But perhaps the biggest problem is created by one of the most basic human functions—defecation. Cholera, though eliminated before the earthquake, has come roaring back and shows little sign of abating. This deadly disease is spread through contact with infected feces. Despite public awareness campaigns, thousands in cities like Cap Haitien and Port-au-Prince, are still using ...

SOIL Featured in Hystra Report, “Designing the Next Generation of Sanitation Businesses”

The world is experiencing a global sanitation crisis, and the majority of available sanitation technologies are dependent on scarce water resources, cause a cascade of negative environmental consequences, have prohibitively high start-up costs, and are financially unsustainable. The effects of this crisis are particularly devastating in Haiti, where diarrhea accounts for 16% of deaths in children under 5. In order to address this crisis, a small group of innovative non-profits (including SOIL!) and social businesses are beginning to test the paradigm-shifting hypothesis that market-based models may offer a solution. As this is such a new and ...

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 grow. In February, SOIL and the American Red Cross again joined forces to expand access to SOIL's ecological sanitation ...

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 longer needs to focus on waste disposal, but rather on the economically-profitable nutrient capture and agricultural reuse of ...

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

[box]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.[/box] 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. Unfortunately, researchers, development workers, and governments have continually failed to solve this global public ...