How SOIL’s Toilets are Tackling the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Photo: Bernard Cherelus At SOIL we believe that having access to a toilet is a basic human right. Having access to a toilet provides a feeling of dignity. Household toilets increase safety for women and girls and they are critical for preventing waterborne diseases. Because of lack of access to toilets, clean water, and hygiene services, diarrhea kills 2,195 children every day around the world—more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Sadly, it is estimated that only 34% of urban Haitians have access to improved sanitation facilities and less than 1% of human ...

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SOIL’s Dr. Sasha Kramer Wins the Sarphati Sanitation Award for Lifetime Achievement

SOIL's beloved co-founder and fearless leader, Dr. Sasha Kramer, was recently awarded the Sarphati Sanitation Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of her work to develop sustainable sanitation solutions. Congratulations to Sasha, and thank you for your years of service! The award is named after Dr. Samuel Sarphati, a doctor who made significant contributions to ridding the City of Amsterdam of cholera in the late nineteenth century. We're deeply honored to receive this recognition of Sasha's work and of the model SOIL is building in Haiti. In fact, ...

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Safety First! Increasing Resilience in SOIL’s Sanitation Service

Photo credit: Julie Jeliazovski First and foremost, SOIL’s priority is to protect the health of our communities, our workers, and the environment. As such, our composting process has been developed in a way that meets and exceeds the guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the safe treatment of waste. At every step of the the way SOIL has collaborated with research institutions from the around the world to develop a safe and durable model. But ensuring safety and health is a continuous process and we continue to proactively assess any and every ...

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AVETISMAN TRAVAY: Kowodonatè/Kowodonatris EkoLakay

Avetisman Travay: Kowodonatè/Kowodonatris EkoLakay Disponibilite: Plen tan Kote: Potoprens Zòn entèvansyon: Delmas 33, Silo, Ti Plas Kazo, Site Soley ak Kwadèboukè Telefon Biwo: (509) 4621-7271 Dat Limit: 17 Novanm 2017 Dat Komansman: 3 Janvier, 2018 SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods), Travay an Ayiti depi lanne 2006. Misyon nou se kore Diyite, Lasante, ak travay sosyal dirab nan transfòmasyon dechè an resous enpòtan pou lanati. Direksyon SOIL vle avèti tout moun ke li genyen youn (1) pòs vid ke l’ap eseye ranpli. ...

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USAID’s Global Waters: Innovation for the World’s Most Intractable Problems

SOIL was honored to join bright minds from around the globe to discuss solutions to some of the world's most intractable problems during last month's Global Innovation Week in Washington D.C.  The Innovation Marketplace, hosted by USAID's Global Development Lab, welcomed SOIL and other global innovators to showcase new technologies and interventions in the WASH sector and beyond. Luckily for our blog readers that weren't able to join us in DC, USAID's GlobalWaters.org shared the story of SOIL's work to build sustainable solutions to meaningfully respond to Haiti's ...

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In Loving Memory of Jhony Michel, SOIL Sanitation Hero

Photo: Claire Pask Jhony Michel, husband to Islande "Kokolo" Dieudonné and father of five, was a dedicated member of the SOIL team since July 2015, and a collaborator and friend for much longer.  After work on September 22nd, he strapped on his helmet, got on his motorcycle, and went to pick up his wife from the market. A van transporting passengers from Ouanaminthe to Cap-Haitien struck Jhony, and he passed away at the site of the accident.  SOIL's human resources director Wisner Jean Louis remembers that "Jhony was one of the sweetest, most peaceful, and ...

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New Research Shows SOIL’s Compost Often More Effective Than Chemical Fertilizer

Photo credit: Tony Marcelli Last June, we introduced our readers to Estrella Ardanza and Susana Perez Bejar, two Cranfield University students who have been busy studying the impact of SOIL’s Konpòs Lakay compost on native Haitian plants for their Master's theses. After months of hard work and thoughtful collaboration, we’re excited to share that the numbers have been crunched and the theses have been written. SOIL is dedicated to developing innovative and research-based ecological sanitation solutions here in Haiti and for years we’ve partnered with farmers and ...

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Container Based Sanitation Takes Center Stage at World Water Week

At World Water Week, the world’s largest annual gathering focused on water issues, it was actually poop that took center stage this year! The theme of this year’s conference was “Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse” – and the buzz around SOIL and other Container-Based Sanitation (CBS) service providers was palpable. See for yourself: Devex reported that the innovation happening in CBS was one of the top five highlights of the conference! Why all the excitement? As cities and municipalities work to increase access to sanitation, they have run up against signifi...

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Digitizing SOIL’s Sanitation Service

Photo: Vic Hinterlang SOIL began using TaroWork's digital tools last year to collect payments, manage customer accounts, conduct research, and test marketing strategies. The data that we've since collected is already helping us to optimize our logistics and make refinements to EkoLakay, like rolling out a mobile payment collection service. Last month, SOIL Systems Director Erica Lloyd and Marketing and Sales Advisor Shannon Smith joined a webinar for TaroWorks to discuss how SOIL has digitized EkoLakay's sales and operational activities to refine and scale up our ...

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What You Do Want To Know About Haiti’s Sewage Problems

Photo: Tony Marcelli. How Haiti’s Innovative Sanitation Solutions Are Spreading Across the World Earlier this summer I opened my voicemail to a message from my dear friend Anne, who had left a message for me during her evening commute. She called me from the side of the road after having been so deeply moved by an unexpected NPR segment on the sanitation crisis in Haiti and the courage of Haiti’s latrine cleaners, the bayakou, across the country. Unlike Anne, who has long known of SOIL’s work to transform waste in Haiti, most loyal NPR listeners in the US learned ...

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