Though we May Bend, We Will Never Break

Photo: Melissa Schilling In light of President Trump's disparaging and racist remarks about Haiti and unnamed countries in Africa yesterday, our team felt strongly that we should address these comments head on. We were particularly appalled that a world leader would have the insensitivity to make such a statement on the eve of the earthquake that created the conditions necessitating the TPS program. In SOIL’s 11-year history we have worked beside some of the strongest, bravest, and kindest people we have ever known. It is our privilege to work in this beautiful, ...

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BBC: Checking in with SOIL and the Problem Solvers

Photo Credit: BBC In early 2017, a team of journalists from the BBC traveled to Haiti to report on SOIL's work to transform dangerous human waste into an environmental solution: lush, organic compost! In a follow up to the interview and video that they published last year, BBC World Hacks' radio show checks back in with SOIL during their latest episode. Listen to the Podcast: Listen to the podcast below to learn about how SOIL's toilets fared in the face of the flooding that followed Hurricane Irma and about the findings of an upcoming World Bank report on SOIL's ...

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An Unexpected Holiday Gift

The SOIL team was surprised on the last Friday before SOIL's offices closed for the holidays when the particularly-jolly looking receptionist Merlande handed each member of SOIL's team a festive holiday card followed by the request to "sign here!" One after another, every SOIL employee opened the cards that read "Jwaye Nwèl" (Merry Christmas in Haitian Creole) across the front, and quickly understood that we were being asked to sign for a generous end-of-the-year bonus. Usually Fridays carry a more giddy mood than other work days, but this Friday’s mood was particu...

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In the Business of Change: Promoting Sustainable Sanitation in Haiti

As we kick off the New Year, we're doubling down on our commitment to expand access to safe and sustainable sanitation in Haiti and we were excited to join See Change's Elisa Birnbaum for an episode of their podcast, In the Business of Change, to talk more about it. In the episode, SOIL's co-founder and Executive Director Sasha Kramer recounts how SOIL blended principles from the fundamentals of ecology and human rights advocacy to build a holistic sanitation service that takes on a symptom of poverty, in this case a lack of access to sanitation, and transforms it ...

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AVETISMAN TRAVAY: Asistan Administratif

Photo: Chris Buck Avetisman Travay: Asistan Administratif Disponibilite: Plen tan Kote: Pòtoprens Zòn entèvansyon: Delmas 33 Telefon Biwo: (509) 4621-7271 Dat Limit: 2 Janviye, 2018 Dat Komansman: Pi vit ke posib 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. Pòs sa twouve’l andan Depatman Admini...

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Taking Satisfaction Seriously

Photo: Julie Jeliazovski So far this year, EkoLakay has carried out two comprehensive satisfaction surveys in order to gather quantitative and qualitative feedback on the household toilet service. We were pleased to see that customers overwhelmingly reported improved safety, health, and affordability. Despite very high overall satisfaction levels in both customer surveys in both Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien, a few customers in Port-au-Prince did note some issues with EkoLakay's cover material, bonzodè, which led us to look into the production protocol. Optimizing ...

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World Bank Video: A Peek into SOIL’s Inclusive Sanitation Solution

Photo: Monica Wise  Across the world nearly one billion people reside in urban settlements with little or no access to sanitation, and with the rapid global urbanization that's currently underway, it's expected that 60% of the world will be urban dwelling by 2020. SOIL and fellow Container-Based Sanitation (CBS) practitioners are pioneering revolutionary sanitation technologies for growing global cities that - compared to traditional sanitation options in the cities where they operate - are safer, more resilient, and more sustainable due to the recovery of resources ...

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USAID: When Women Do Better, Countries Do Better

SOIL's co-founder and Executive Director Sasha Kramer had the opportunity to join in on a USAID Q&A series on women entrepreneurs who are taking on some of the word's most pressing problems. In the interview, Sasha shared the story of SOIL's development, her personal journey as an entrepreneur, and advice she has to share with girls who dream of becoming entrepreneurs themselves. From the Interview: "I traveled to Haiti in 2004 in the wake of a coup as a human rights observer, never dreaming that nearly 15 years later I would still be living and working in a ...

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Is There Demand for a Better Toilet?

Photo: Vic Hinterlang We know the global sanitation system is broken. Around the world nearly 2.5 billion people lack access to a toilet of any kind and even more than that lack access to a toilet that ensures safe waste treatment. Over the past 4 years SOIL has made in-home toilets accessible to households in Haiti through our EkoLakay toilet service. What we didn’t know, and have been trying to discover, was how much people are willing to pay for a household toilet. As SOIL set out to see if we could answer that question and explore new markets for EkoLakay in ...

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Lessons on Restoring Depleted Soil from Haiti

Photo: Vic Hinterlang Too often, the story of Haiti begins and ends with the problems facing the country. However, there are stories, largely untold, about the work being done to address Haiti’s interconnected issues and create lasting change. SOIL's Executive Director Sasha Kramer shared one of these stories in a guest authored piece for RSF Social Finance's Quarterly Publication last month. From the Article:  "SOIL is tackling Haiti’s sanitation and soil fertility crises by pioneering an innovative and earth-replenishing technology that is spreading across ...

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