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SOIL’s Northern Haiti Site Is A Growing Tourist Attraction

Glory in the shade of beautiful trees and lush greenery! Wander over to check out the “Red Zone!” (but don’t wander into the “Red Zone” because you’ll have to disinfect the soles of your shoes afterwards). Behold the the wonder and mystery of the “Natural Water Purification Act!” And don’t forget to take a ride on the PoopMobile before you exit the "park" (And by park, we mean waste treatment site). Do all this and much more at SOIL's waste treatment site, Mouchinette, in northern Haiti, one of the region's most exciting (and unexpected) tourist attractions! We'll admit, we’re still working on our marketing for “SOIL-L...

Caring Crowd: An Interview with SOIL’s Erica Lloyd in Haiti


Le Nouvelliste: Des toilettes aux assiettes: Et si nous passions à des solutions alternatives pour l’assainissement?


The POOP Project: You’re Tuned to CBS: SOIL’s Sasha Kramer, Kory Russel and Container Based Sanitation


Challenges News: Quand ong et secteur privé sont partenaires


SOIL Partners with St. Barnabas Agricultural College

St. Barnabas Agricultural College (CASB) is an institution with a vision to provide sustainable agricultural services to Haiti’s Northern region, and the school is using both SOIL’s EkoMobil mobile toilets and compost, Konpòs Lakay, to help achieve that goal! The two-year agriculture technician program is expanding: they are currently constructing new academic facilities and bringing unused plots of land back into agricultural production. The school hopes to have irrigated orchards and crops, aquaponics, an animal husbandry facility, and community gardens where CASB students and neighbors will be able to grow their own food and sell what they ...

Countdown to World Day to Combat Desertification

No revolutionary household toilet social business could exist without customers, and SOIL’s EkoLakay service is no exception. We hold regular marketing events in Cap-Haitien and Port-au-Prince, Haiti to attract new clients to our EkoLakay household sanitation service. At our next marketing event, on Friday, we’ll be bringing model SOIL EkoLakay toilets to show to people in the Ti Plas Kazo community of Port-au-Prince, and we’ll have lots of SOIL staff on hand to extol the benefits of the EkoLakay service and address any questions about EkoLakay or about ecological sanitation in general. What’s extra special about this Friday’s event ...

SOIL Board Visits Haiti

The SOIL Board of Directors visited Haiti in late March - one of our Board members shared his thoughts and impressions with us. We found his words incredibly moving, and wanted to share them with all of our friends and supporters, as well. Haiti is uniquely beautiful and compelling, and we believe this story will touch your hearts as it has ours.  A 3-year girl saunters in. An older friend, sister, or cousin pulls her back as she approaches the SOIL Board members, who are visiting neighborhoods in Cap-Haitien where people use SOIL household and community composting toilets. The Board makes for a curious sight. Madame Bwa - a longtime SOIL ...

Michael Jackson Welcomes EkoLakay to the Neighborhood!

A guest post from SOIL consultant and long-time friend, Anthony Kilbride: Michael Jackson once sang: "She was more like a beauty queen, from a movie scene,” but only in 2016 did we glean, that his muse was a SOIL EcoSan latrine! https://youtu.be/35rRn4JmDe0 How did we learn this? He showed up to a neighborhood block party in Port-au-Prince! Well, it was actually a local impersonator who lit up the Park Izmery stage with a blazing dance performance of MJ’s funky masterpiece, “Billie Jean.” He was just one of many guests who took the stage on a recent Saturday when a few friends of SOIL joined together to return all the love and ...

Baptiste, the Bonzode Chef

If you have been following SOIL’s progress, you have probably seen that our EkoLakay household toilet business is growing bigger every day. However, signing up more customers requires having all of the necessary materials for the service. And one of our most critical inputs is our toilet “flushing” material, bonzode (read more about why cover material is so important here). Finding good materials to make the bonzode is important, and we need them to be cheap and sustainably available. In the past, we have used a mix of 75% sugar cane bagasse (the woody parts of the sugar cane that are wasted after processing) and 25% ground peanut shells. It ...