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Meet Beverly, SOIL’s Port-au-Prince EkoLakay Director

You may remember Beverly from her interview with RFI earlier this spring where she talked with other public health experts about the vital importance of safely managing waste in Haiti. Beverly joined SOIL’s team in January 2018 as an EkoLakay Coordinator and her contributions to our work in Port-au-Prince have already been extensive. With a background in social entrepreneurship and management, she’s now managing SOIL’s sanitation service in Haiti’s capital city with wisdom and dedication as our new EkoLakay Director. Read an interview with Beverly Pierre below to learn more about her vision for the future of Haiti and what she wants you to ...

All Under One Roof

We’re moving! Since 2013, SOIL’s Cap-Haïtien team has operated out of an office we built from the ground up on a beautiful piece of land just down the road from our composting waste treatment facilities. Over the past six years, this space has served as a wonderful home for SOIL’s work as we have implemented and refined our ecological sanitation service EkoLakay. Here's where SOIL's teams have been working in northern Haiti since 2013 Now, as we embark on a journey to expand the reach of EkoLakay, SOIL came to realize that it was time to say goodbye to our office in Limonade. Why? We determined that moving offices would allow us to ...

A Cohort of Social Enterprises Building a Sustainable Future

SOIL is proud to be participating in the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) at Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. GSBI works with social entrepreneurs from around the world on their business plan, financial model, and growth plan. We’re honored to join an accomplished cohort of social entrepreneurs in this six-month online course as we work to formalize SOIL's five year strategy plan for growth and financial sustainability. GSBI introduces SOIL and other members of their new women's economic empowerment affinity group for women-led social enterprises in this new article. How did SOIL and our Executive ...

In Loving Memory of our Dear Colleague Franck Grégoire

To read the post in English, please scroll down. Nan memwa Franck Grégoire, yon kòlèg nou pap janm bliye. Se avèk anpil tristès ke nap pataje nouvèl lanmò yon kòlèg nou, Franck Grégoire, ki pèdi lavi l anba bal bandi nan fen mwa Janvye 2019. Grégoire te entegre ekip Konpostaj Okap nan lane 2016 la. E nou tout te konnen l kòm yon moun ki trè saj, poze e ki travay di anpil. Li te toujou respekte tout angajman l nan ede SOIL vanse ak misyon li. Anpil nan nou te toujou wè l tankou yon papa nan sit Konpostaj Mouchinèt la, paske l toujou prè pou sipòte, konseye ak ede moun kap travay bò kote l. Vic Hinterlang Li gen ...

Restoring Soils in our own Backyard

SOIL’s household sanitation service was designed with nature as our guide, and as such, as we expand the reach of EkoLakay in urban Haiti, we’re producing more of the compost that makes its way back to the soil to support critically needed restoration efforts. After centuries of deforestation and erosion, poverty, and intensive colonial agricultural practices, soils in Haiti have become dangerously degraded. Before they can support the growth of bountiful harvests or reforestation initiatives, degraded soils need to be restored both with necessary nutrients and with organic matter (which is lacking in chemical fertilizers that are commonly ...

New World Bank Report Explores Impact of SOIL’s Sanitation Service

Business as usual in sanitation isn’t working, argues the World Bank. In cities experiencing rapid urbanization, they suggest that “the traditional approach to urban sanitation, premised on extending sewerage networks and building wastewater treatment plants, will not be sufficient to deliver citywide sanitation services for all.” And, in the Bank’s newly released report on Container-Based Sanitation (CBS) solutions, they argue that alternatives are needed to deliver inclusive sanitation in these contexts.

Keeping EkoLakay Active in a Country on Lockdown

An Update from Haiti Though coverage in the international media remains scarce, Haiti is now entering day 10 of a deepening political crisis that follows months of increasingly challenging conditions faced by the majority of the population. Inflation has been spiraling out of control, making it even more difficult for vulnerable families across the nation to afford basic essentials. Fuel and electricity have become more and more scarce and allegations of corruption against many members of the ruling party, including the President, have led to mass unrest as people demand accountability and transparency for missing development funds. The ...

Join CBSA at AfricaSan/FSM5

SOIL is excited to be in Cape Town this week with some of the world's leading sustainable sanitation practitioners at AfricaSan/FSM5. If you're in South Africa for the conference, see the event flyers below and be sure to join us for one of the events hosted by the Container-Based Sanitation Alliance (CBSA). Want to learn more about CBS solutions? Check out this video featuring SOIL and fellow CBSA members by following this link. Support SOIL SOIL depends on individual donations from people like you to fund our work in Haiti. Please consider supporting SOIL today.   Want to keep reading? Check out these other recent posts on the ...

February Newsletter: An Update from Haiti

To sign up to receive an update from SOIL's teams in Haiti directly in your inbox each month, click here to join the list. Dear friends,This month, I felt it would be irresponsible not to directly address the challenging situation that is ongoing in Haiti. As some of you may have heard, the entire country has been on lockdown for the past six days as demonstrators take to the streets in a growing movement demanding the resignation of the president, justice for those accused of embezzling billions in development funds, and a solution to the economic crisis that is gripping the country. So far the government has remained silent, and there is an ...

Refining SOIL’s Path to Financial Sustainability

SOIL is hard at work to refine our household ecological sanitation service, EkoLakay, so that we have a strong foundation as we grow to reach 15% of Cap-Haitien’s urban population with safely managed sanitation by 2025.  As a part of these efforts, SOIL had the honor of hosting Peter Townsley in Cap-Haitien for a month late last year. Peter is the former CEO of a fellow Container-Based Sanitation Alliance (CBSA) member, Clean Team in Ghana, and he was instrumental in transforming their sanitation business into rapidly growing enterprise on a clear pathway towards financial sustainability. Although SOIL faces different challenges as we develop our ...