Scaling Up a Household Toilet Service – One Neighborhood at a Time

SOIL EkoLakay Collection Depot
(Photo credit: Monica Wise) Over 2.5 billion people globally currently lack access to sanitation. As a heartbreaking result, over 2,200 children under the age of five die every day from preventable diarrheal diseases. Despite billions of dollars spent on sanitation interventions, the global population continues to suffer from the lack of access to safe sanitation. Part of the problem is that traditional sewer systems require considerable up-front capital investment, and depend on the availability of reliable water and energy supplies. In contrast, SOIL’s believes ...

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SOIL U

Regular readers of the SOIL blog will know that in November our amazing weather station in Limonade went live, and that since that time, it has been sharing the local weather data with the world. Rainfall, temperature, wind direction and speed, pressure… it’s all there for anyone to access! Last month, the University of Limonade requested a tour of our waste treatment site so they could see the weather station and hear about how it works and what we do with the data. They were also interested in using the data in their own curriculum, as an educational tool, because ...

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Fòmasyon Sanitasyon Ekolojik: 22 Jen, 2017

[Click here to read this information in English.] Detanzantan, SOIL oganize atelye pou pataje eksperyans ak konesans nou genyen ak teknoloji Sanitasyon Ekolojik (EkoSan) an Ayiti Fomasyon sa genyen ladan yon rezime de pwogram nou yo, pa egzamp: teknoloji ke nou sevi, leson nou te aprann nan devlopman tekonoloji sa yo, e pwopozisyon nou genyen pou amelyore koman teknoloji sa yo ka aplike pi byen. Enfòmasyon Atelye Dat: Jedi, 22 Jen 2017, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Location: Delmas 31, Pòtopwens Lang yo: Kreyol Ajanda 8h00 – 8h30: Anrejistreman tout patisipan ...

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SOIL Ecological Sanitation Training: June 22, 2017

[Li enfòmasyon sa a an kreyòl ayisyen.] SOIL conducts regular one-day workshops on SOIL’s use of ecological sanitation (EcoSan) technology in Haiti. This workshop includes an overview of SOIL’s programs, technologies used, lessons learned, and implementation suggestions. Read more about past training sessions here.   Workshop Information Date Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Location Delmas 31, Port-au-Prince Language Haitian Creole Tentative Agenda 8:00 – 8:30: Registration 8:30 – 9:50: Welcome, Introduction to Ecological ...

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Increasing Frugality in an Already Frugal Organization

It’s only May, but SOIL is already planning out the strategy for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, which starts August 1st. As the Marketing and Sales Advisor in SOIL, I’ve been involved in the strategy planning for EkoLakay (SOIL’s household toilet service), EkoMobil (SOIL’s mobile toilet service), and SOIL’s waste treatment and compost production. It’s been exciting to see our team’s progress from the past two years that I’ve been participating in these strategy planning meetings. A new customer on SOIL's growing EkoLakay service, April 2017. The ...

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World Economic Forum: The world needs more toilets, but Western solutions aren’t the answer

Here at SOIL we are thrilled to see this thoughtful piece from the World Economic Forum questioning the need for flush toilets and traditional sewerage systems. For ten years we have worked in Haiti to implement sustainable sanitation solutions that require no water and no infrastructure. Our toilets transform human waste into rich compost, recapturing the nutrients in human waste that are so often lost in a flush. From the World Economic Forum: "The invention of the flush toilet, or water closet, in 1596 ended open defecation and transferred excreta outside of ...

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JOB OPENING: Communications and Development Associate

Job Announcement: Communications and Development Associate Location: Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien, Haiti. In the beginning, this position will be based out of our Port-au-Prince office, but possible relocation to Cap-Haitien may be necessary in the long-term. Regardless of the long-term location, this position will require frequent travel between both offices and other locations as requested by SOIL management. Application Deadline: May 5, 2017 Start Date: June 15, 2017 SOIL is a non-profit research and development organization working in Haiti to design, ...

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BBC: Toilets in Haiti and Circular Runways

"There are no sewers in Haiti. 26% of Haitians have access to a toilet, so a lot of the sewage ends up in the water supply. Currently, Haiti is battling the biggest cholera epidemic in recent history and thousands are dying. We travel there to meet a team of women who are trying to solve this massive problem." Listen to the interview at BBC World Service on March, 28 2017. Support SOIL Other Recent SOIL Coverage  

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BBC: Why are People Paying $6 for a Bag of Human Waste?

SOIL on the BBC
Why are People Paying $6 for a Bag of Human Waste? The women saving lives using sewage. Posted by BBC on March, 28 2017 Support SOIL Other Recent SOIL Coverage  

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An Optimal Flush

Faithful readers of the SOIL blog will know that we spend a lot of time thinking about cover material at SOIL. Cover material is basically the “flush” that keeps the toilet from getting gross as covering the waste with some kind of dry material prevents it from smelling and deters flies from visiting. Here at SOIL, we call it bonzodè (pronounced bon-zo-deh, literally “good smell” in Haitian Creole), and it’s a crucial piece of the SOIL business model. With thousands of customers each using a handful every time they poo in a SOIL toilet, we need a whole lot ...

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