SOCIETY Magazine: Completing the Poop Loop

“There is no such thing as waste; every molecule, every organism is valuable, even excrement.” – Sasha Kramer As part of a reporting program devoted supporting innovative development journalists, Grégoire Belhoste and William Thorp spent time with SOIL at our Port-au-Prince facility last year to better understand the history and process of SOIL’s regenerative urban sanitation service. The beautiful feature piece in Society Magazine explores SOIL’s history, the “poop loop” cycle, and why we believe that sanitation is a human right. Baudelaire ...

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Exciting Updates from SOIL’s Black Soldier Fly Research

Last summer, SOIL began an experiment that evaluated the potential of another waste to resource technology at our compost site: flies! The study looked at breeding black soldier fly (BSF) larvae for use as chicken feed. The goal of the research was to determine whether we could successfully grow BSF larvae, which feed on waste, at our Cap-Haïtien waste treatment site. If successful, the production of BSF larvae to sell as chicken feed could become an additional stream of revenue for SOIL’s waste treatment operations. The research, led by SOIL Research Associate ...

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A decade later, we remember

Dear Friends, Here in Haiti, this weekend is one of collective reflection and remembrance. Sunday marks 10 years since the earthquake struck, changing millions of lives here and around the world. As the sun was setting at 4:53 pm on January 12, 2010, the streets of Haiti bustled with the energy and hope of a new decade. Families made their way home at the end of a long day, tap taps crawled through the winding streets, the National Palace and cathedral cast proud shadows over the capital city. In less than a minute, the dream of a new decade was shattered as Port...

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AJ+ Français: TURNING DEADLY POOP INTO FERTILE SOIL

Se nourrir grâce aux selles“Rien ne se perd, tout se transforme.” L’ONG haïtienne SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) l’a bien compris et a trouvé une idée plutôt originale pour produire du compost et lutter contre les maladies… 💩Posted by AJ+ français on Monday, 23 December 2019 Support SOIL SOIL depends on individual donations from people like you to fund our work in Haiti. Please consider supporting SOIL today. Other Recent SOIL Coverage

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Green America: Tackling Soil, Sanitation, and Beyond in Haiti

For a recently published feature about SOIL’s lifesaving sanitation service, Kevin Fitzpatrick of Green America interviewed SOIL Executive Director and Co-Founder Dr. Sasha Kramer about what led her to co-found SOIL, the connection between sanitation and agriculture, and the innovation behind SOIL’s revolutionary composting waste treatment facility. SOIL’s solution “addresses a wide range of basic human rights issues such as access to food, access to sanitation, and living in a clean environment.” And, as Dr. Kramer shared with Kevin, “sanitation and food ...

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The Guardian: The No-Flush Movement

As momentum grows across the planet for climate-positive sanitation solutions that harness the power of nature instead of depleting it, it’s exciting to see an increase in prominent media coverage of the regenerative sanitation revolution. A new article in the Guardian spotlights the growing trend of no-flush dry toilets across the globe and highlights the incredible opportunity ahead of global cities to capture nutrients from waste.   From the Guardian: “In the UK, flushing the loo accounts for nearly a third of household water consumption. We use ...

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Training a New Generation of Sanitation Researchers

SOIL intern, Wenley Moïse, extracting samples from the liquid filters installed underneath SOIL's composting bins to take to the lab for testing. SOIL loves providing opportunities for students in Haiti to work with our team and gain valuable hands-on experience in the sanitation sector to help jumpstart their careers. Over the past six months, SOIL research partner Dr. Rebecca Ryals has been conducting a study on optimal composting conditions at our waste treatment facilities. The study looks at whether using different lining materials (concrete vs. a natural ...

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Enduring Hope

Read SOIL's December newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up for our mailing list. As the year comes to a close and our team reflects on what we have been able to accomplish together, we are moved by both profound gratitude and enduring hope. The year has been a difficult one for our staff, for our community, and for the country we all love so dearly. It has also presented a powerful reminder of the importance of solidarity, the necessity of transformative change, and the strength of SOIL’s ...

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New and Improved Bonzode

One of SOIL's team members rocking protective equipment to keep dust out of his eyes while hard at work with our new bonzodè grinder! In Haitian Creole the word bonzodè means “good smell,” and that’s just what it does! What is it? Bonzodè is the cover material used as the “flush” in SOIL’s water-free household toilets. When a family on SOIL’s sanitation services uses their in-home toilet, they add a handful of bonzodè and it works its magic to prevent flies, ensure good smells, and aid in the composting process once waste makes its way to our ...

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2x the Impact on Giving Tuesday

Every day SOIL’s team is fighting to provide access to lifesaving sanitation services that defend against disease, nurture local economies, and help combat malnutrition. In the face of a persistent political crisis in Haiti, the need for holistic and durable community-based solutions is more urgent than ever before. This Giving Tuesday, we’re excited to launch a matching donation drive to DOUBLE the impact of your generosity. Your support is critical as we work to cultivate a more resilient future for vulnerable communities ...

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