111 results for author: SOIL Haiti


Compostable Container Liners to Reduce High Container Costs

SOIL’s Research Team experimenting with compostable container liners In October of last year, SOIL’s research team met up in Cap-Haitien to identify potential opportunities to improve the efficiency of our service in the coming year. One of the opportunities identified during the team session is exploring the potential for using compostable bags as a liner for the containers in our EkoLakay in-home toilets. The team is interested in testing the idea that the liners may reduce some of the stress the containers go through during the cleaning and disinfection process and therefore reduce the incidences of container and lid breakage rates and costs. ...

Sharing Our Story with Carel Pedre

Carel Pedre speaking with SOIL's Senior Manager, Romel Toussaint In recent weeks, there has been a sudden flurry of interest in the value of human waste in the Haitian media, leading to increased attention, and sometimes head-scratching speculation, as to the ins and outs of SOIL’s work. SOIL was delighted at this new peak in interest and wanted to use this as an opportunity to answer some of the questions that were being asked with regard to SOIL’s work with waste - and exactly what we were doing with that waste! In order to share more of the real story about our innovative sanitation solution, SOIL reached out to renowned Haitian journalist and ...

The Potential of Human Waste: SOIL Featured in Newswise

Compost team pictured with SOIL’s organic, agriculture-grade compost made from human waste. Our world creates an enormous amount of waste, and that waste exists in many, many different forms. There’s food waste, liquid waste, hazardous waste, solid waste, and what we at SOIL care most about, human waste. A recent article published in Newswise, titled (Human) waste not, want not, highlights the topics discussed in a presentation by Rebecca Nelson, Cornell University, at the 2021 ASA, CSSA and SSSA Annual Meeting on a new vision for the reuse of human waste. Nelson, a plant pathologist, shares a sentiment on the incredible and largely untapped ...

Digital Tools & Sanitation: SOIL Featured in GSMA

 EkoLakay workers using digital tools for collection  SOIL is working hard to transform the global sanitation crisis, and we know that it is going to take innovative solutions to provide safe and dignified sanitation options to those that are without. Throughout the years we have been working in Haiti, SOIL has demonstrated the ability to innovate and refine our model to meet the needs of vulnerable communities, while facing political, social, and environmental instability. This year alone, we’ve piloted multiple improvements to operational efficiency to optimize our service and increase customer satisfaction. One of our most successful innovat...

SOIL Receives Stamp of Approval from Haitian Ministry of Environment

BNEE staff visiting Konpòs Lakay customer’s coffee plantation When SOIL first started out building our composting waste treatment facility in the northern Haitian community of Mouchinette  in 2012, the only thing on the property was a big mango tree. Since then, the SOIL team has completely transformed the site into a beautiful, efficient, and highly productive composting facility. Now, alongside that original welcoming mango tree, Mouchinette is a flurry of activity, with SOIL team members working hard to empty containers, turn and nurture the compost, and maintain the growing facility.   In 2019, we expanded the composting site to accommodate ...

Creating Greater Impact Together: Interview with DINEPA’s Jude Fanfan

Every day SOIL works to empower the communities we serve and close the inequality gap in vulnerable and low-resource populations. We’re focused on helping to build resilient systems for basic service provision through dignified, affordable and accessible sanitation service. Over the course of this year, we’ve focused on improving the efficiency of the service through cost reductions and piloting improvements in our composting waste treatment process. Our goal is to provide a sustainable household sanitation service of the highest quality that meets the needs of the most vulnerable populations.   We believe that one of the best ways to improve ...

SOIL’s 2021 Annual Report

We are pleased to share with you our Annual Report for the 2020-2021 year. This is a special year, marking SOIL's 15 year anniversary of providing essential sanitation services in urban Haiti. We are grateful for the incredible support we have received this year and hope you take the opportunity to read through what we have been able to achieve together over these years. Thank you! Please check it out by downloading a copy or scrolling through below: Want to read more? See past annual reports from SOIL here. Support SOIL SOIL depends on individual donations from people like you to fund our work in Haiti. Please consider ...

World Toilet Day: Valuing Container-based Sanitation

SOIL team installing EkoLakay toilet for client in Cap-Haitien.  In celebration of World Toilet Day, we wanted to dive into this year’s theme: Valuing Toilets, and take a look at how container-based toilets can play a catalytic role in expanding access to sanitation and the myriad of positive benefits they can bring to a community. SOIL launched the first container-based toilet in 2006 in Haiti, and since then a number of organizations around the world have launched their own container-based toilet services to address the lack of access to improved sanitation and meet the needs of vulnerable populations.   What is container-based sanitation? ...

SOIL at Expo 2020 Dubai

 In 2019, SOIL was honored to be awarded the Innovation Impact Grant by Expo Live, an innovation and partnership grant program launched by Expo 2020 Dubai, in support of sustainable social business solutions worldwide. The “Global Innovator” grants were awarded to solutions working in 76 countries around the globe and the awardees are now having the opportunity to participate in the Live Programming happening at the Expo in Dubai from October 2021 to March 2022.   The event was originally scheduled to kick off last year, but was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After a much anticipated year-long  wait, SOIL had the ...

Final Earthquake Response Update

  SOIL has been working in Haiti for over 15 years and throughout that time, we've learned many lessons. From then until now, there is one lesson that resonates the most, and that is the importance of working in partnership with communities in everything we do. Community-driven impact continues to guide our work every day and has also provided a valuable framework for how we respond during emergency events that impact Haiti. It is imperative that Haitians are able to respond to the needs of their communities because oftentimes, outside actors don’t know the reality of what the population really needs.- Rea Dol, long-time SOIL partner and ...