Meet Tidou

Staff photo - Tidou
Lucny Joasil, better known to everybody as Tidou, has been connected to SOIL for more than a decade. He first met SOIL Co-Founder and Executive Director Sasha Kramer in 2008 when SOIL was looking to hire Haitian Creole-English teachers and translators. That was Tidou’s initial role with SOIL and over the years he has moved into new positions with our team, each time taking on more and more responsibility. Now, he’s the Assistant Composting Supervisor at SOIL’s waste treatment site outside of Cap-Haïtien. Reporting directly to SOIL’s Composting Supervisor Job ...

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Courage and Persistence

Read SOIL's October newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up to our mailing list. “The courage of my colleagues is inexplicable,” shared SOIL’s Wisner Jean-Louis on a call from Cap-Haïtien early yesterday morning. “The entire team is driven to do what they can to keep SOIL’s service running through the crisis as if we weren’t in the midst of one.” Unfortunately, in the "midst of a crisis" is truly the only way to describe the situation right now. When we shared an update with ...

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The Strength of Solidarity

A note from SOIL's Co-Founder and Executive Director Sasha Kramer: This morning, in addition to waking up to the uncertainty and stress brought about by the ongoing instability in Haiti, our team arrived in the office to find words of solidarity and support from our colleagues all the way across the world in Madagascar. Our friends at Loowatt, a partner in the Container-based Sanitation Alliance, took a moment away from their busy day to share words of encouragement with our field staff on the ground in Haiti. This simple act of kindness reminded us of the ...

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Discussing Future Growth with Local Stakeholders

CAP Mouch Office
Last month SOIL’s Port-au-Prince team hosted a meeting alongside community members and Haiti’s Ministry of Environment (MDE) to discuss SOIL’s composting waste treatment site and plans for future growth. It was a part of a broader Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) that the MDE leads and was a great opportunity for SOIL to continue to deepen relationships both with government partners and our neighbors and communities just outside of Haiti’s capital city. We opened the session by explaining SOIL’s complete waste treatment process, including the dumping of ...

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3 Takeaways from a Study on SOIL’s Circular Solution

Sieving compost at SOIL's Compost Site
As we work to expand access to sanitation in Haiti, SOIL is helping to revolutionize the global approach to sanitation by transparently sharing lessons learned from our work in Haiti through peer-reviewed publications and an active engagement in sector dialogues. A journal, Sustainability, features a fascinating new study on SOIL’s circular economy model for container-based sanitation (CBS) services in under-resourced urban communities. Thanks to the hard work of Berta Moya, Ruben Sakrabani and Alison Parker, who studied both enabling and barrier factors to CBS ...

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Avetisman Pòs: Manadjè Senyò Vant

SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods), travay an Ayiti depi lane 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 yon (1) pòs vid ke l’ap eseye ranpli. Esplikasyon Jeneral Manadjè Senyo Vant se yon nouvo pos anndan SOIL ki pral gen pou responsabilte pou kreye yon branch Vant andedan SOIL pou atenn objektif konsene vant pou sèvis Ekolakay la ni Konpos Lakay. Lokal: Pos sa pral baze Okap men ap mande vwayaj pou ale Potoprens ...

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Behind the Scenes at SOIL: Four Operational Updates

SOIL team Discussion in Cap
Following a collaboration with a process redesign consultant, SOIL’s EkoLakay team in northern Haiti has been hard at work on operational improvements to build strong foundations for growth in Cap-Haitïen. Our primary objective is for SOIL to ensure we have the systems in place to work as effectively and efficiently as possible through the process of rapid growth in the years to come. After completing a broader organization-wide assessment, SOIL’s operational team has been hard at work on a few specific projects to refine procedures and increase efficiency. A ...

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JOB OPENING: Waste Treatment Advisor

SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) is working in Haiti to transform waste into useful resources since 2006. Our mission is to support dignity, health and sustainable social work in transforming waste into significant resources for the nature. SOIL is seeking advisory support for our composting program to provide strategic guidance and promote ongoing research collaborations. The advisor will play the role of providing key support to the Composting Managers and acting as a liaison between external researchers and the SOIL operational team to push forward ...

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A Fuel Crisis in Haiti

EkoLakay Collectors in Cap-Haitien
Read SOIL's September newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up to our mailing list. It’s the start of a new school year in Haiti and this time of year is normally marked with possibility and hope for what’s to come. Unfortunately, this September has been a somber one as the impacts of Haiti's ongoing economic crisis are coming to a head once again. The double-digit inflation rates continued through the summer and the cost of tuition, food, and fuel has risen remarkably. But it’s not just the ...

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A Cohort of Visionary Agronomy Students

Whenever the scale of the work ahead of us to ensure everybody has access to sanitation in Haiti or that the ecological systems are restored to their life-giving potential feels too daunting, all we need to do is to spend a little time with students in Haiti. Throughout the summer, SOIL’s office in the north of the country hosted a few wonderful visits from visionary university students across the region who are setting out to build careers in agriculture, soil sciences, and environmental restoration. In July, a cohort from a university in a town called Pignon ...

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