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?

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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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Capacity Building Training Series for SOIL EkoLakay team

As our friends and supporters know, the SOIL team is working to build a sustainable business model for providing household sanitation services in Haiti – our goal is to spin off our service, called EkoLakay, into a privately run Haitian social business. As we work toward achieving that goal, we recognize that we must build the capacity of our team and become even more efficient so that we can continue to increase our impact while reducing our operating costs. To ensure we are effectively building team capacity, we have partnered with a group called Partners Worldwide ...

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SOIL Celebrates International Women’s Day

This year's International Women's Day theme is #BeBoldForChange. The World Economic Forum has predicted that the gender gap (which represents gender inequity in areas like health, wages, political representation, and access to and quality of education) won't fully close until 2186 – 169 years from now. Can we leverage International Women's Day as a catalyst to foment bold change and reject this stark forecast? At SOIL, women's voices are at the forefront of our work. Four of SOIL's seven organizational directors are women, including our executive director and ...

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Sanitation Updates: The world can’t wait for sewers

As we have shared, SOIL is proud to be a member of the Container Based Sanitation Alliance, a group of CBS organizations working around the world to combat the sanitation crisis by implementing container-based solutions. One of these organizations, Clean Team, has worked with Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and  Ernst & Young to produce a report evaluating their model as an innovative possibility for providing sanitation access in dense urban areas. In the spirit of collaboration we are excited to share this report - give it a read for some more ...

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Sludge Love at 4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference

A few weeks ago, SOIL Directors Sasha Kramer and Nick Preneta traveled to Chennai, India to represent SOIL at the 4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference (FSM4). Sasha gave a presentation about SOIL's EkoLakay program, and we also shared two posters about Konpòs Lakay and our ongoing cost analysis research. @SOILHaiti sasha kramer speaking wisdom at #FSM4 https://t.co/eFFGTNbJkN — eve mackinnon (@eve_mackinnon) February 20, 2017   (Full disclosure: the poster presented at FSM4 had a typo in the title...#slugelove anyone?)   And SOIL takes ...

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AJ+: Turning Deadly Poop Into Fertile Soil

Turning Deadly Poop Into Fertile SoilHaiti is fighting cholera by turning human poop into rich fertilizer.Posted by AJ+ on Sunday, February 26, 2017 Other Recent SOIL Coverage  

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