Sharing Outcomes to Support Global Expansion of Sanitation Services

Photo: Tony Marcelli At SOIL we’re growing a sanitation service in urban Haiti that is setting a global example for how to affordably and sustainable provide safely managed sanitation in rapidly growing urban communities. And we’re extra excited that we’re not the only ones doing this. SOIL is a member of the Container-Based Sanitation Alliance (CBSA), a group formed in 2017 to help address the change of urban sanitation globally by supporting CBS technologies in being adopted by municipalities in their efforts to provide city-wide sanitation. SOIL frequently works ...

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Leave Nothing to Waste: SOIL’s Wisner Jean Louis on Regeneration

Photo Credit: Lush Spring Prize Last May, we were deeply honored to have received Lush's 2018 Spring Prize in recognition of SOIL's economic, social and environmental regeneration work in Haiti. As one of the representatives of SOIL to attend the award ceremony, SOIL's Human Resources Director Wisner Jean Louis had the opportunity to sit down with Lush and talk all things regeneration, which is now available to watch below. Watch the Interview Read the Full Interview What is your dream for another world? "I think to live better in the world we need to reconnect, ...

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SOIL’s Summer Visits to Container Based Sanitation Practitioners

Creating durable, lasting solutions to the sanitation crisis isn’t easy, which is why SOIL is fortunate to be working together with the Container-Based Sanitation Alliance (CBSA). The CBSA is a coalition of service providers around the world working together to extend our collective impact – getting more toilets to more families through knowledge-sharing, partnerships, research, and other collaborative initiatives. SOIL is proud to be one of the six founding members of the alliance. CBSA member organizations have been sharing lessons and best practices on everything ...

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Restoring Long Term Soil Health in Haiti with Organic Compost

Last summer, we shared results from a research project that was taken on by master’s students at Cranfield University. The students compared the efficiency of SOIL's organic compost, Konpòs Lakay, to commercial grade chemical fertilizers available on the market. This comparison was used two core Haitian crops: tomato plants and moringa trees. When the preliminary results were made available last summer, we were excited to share that the plants that were grown in soil with SOIL's agricultural grade compost had actually out performed their counterparts that were grown ...

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CBS Updates: Increasing Financial Flows for Urban Sanitation

EkoLakay Staff collect containers from sanitation service
The world is not on track to reach Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on Water and Sanitation (WASH) by the deadline set for 2030, according to a new UN report. Some estimates show that achieving the SDG goals for safely managed water and sanitation is going to require three times the level of financing currently going towards the sector. These investment needs are most critical in rapidly growing urban areas and in countries with high poverty levels and currently low water and sanitation coverage. We are deeply aware of this reality in Haiti, where it is estimated ...

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Sasha Kramer’s Keynote Address from the Urine Diversion Summit

Photo: Nancy G. Love Last week, at the Urine Diversion Summit in Vermont, SOIL's Executive Director and Co-Founder Dr. Sasha Kramer gave the keynote address on the container-based sanitation systems that are emerging as an improved solution for urban communities around the world. If you weren't able to watch the webinar at the time, Rich Earth Institute has made the video available online. Watch the Presentation Don't miss NBC Boston's write up on the summit and the growing movement - from Vermont to Palestine to Haiti - to transform waste into environmental ...

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A Safer Sanitation Solution for Women and Girls

Photo: Rodrigo Ordonez Since 2006, SOIL has worked tirelessly to bring our holistic ecological sanitation solution to life in Haiti. Thanks to the support of our friends and partners, we are demonstrating that it’s possible to provide safe, dignified and affordable sanitation services to resource poor urban communities.  Increased Access, Improved Safety By offering families household toilets, which provide a sense of pride as well as increased safety and security, SOIL is working to combat gender-based violence. One in three women between the ages of 15 and 49 ...

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One Year and 100,000 Containers Later

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Every month SOIL’s program directors document key metrics which allow SOIL to monitor and evaluate progress towards our strategic goals. One of the dozens of performance indicators we keep a close eye on is the number of containers that are collected from EkoLakay toilets and then dumped at one of SOIL’s waste treatment facilities. Tracking containers is a way for SOIL to know how much waste is removed from the urban communities where our sanitation service operates, waste that would otherwise go on to contaminate water and spread disease. It also helps our teams ...

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New Paper Digs into Process Costs of SOIL’s Regenerative Sanitation Service

Photo: Tony Marcelli Urban sanitation interventions have historically focused on sewers or onsite sanitation options, such as pit latrines and septic tanks, but as cities are expanding at staggering rates, it’s increasingly clear that these traditional technologies are infeasible and unsafe in most urban environments. What’s also clear is that sustainability in our rapidly urbanizing world will require no less than a complete reconstruction of our cities. Instead of relying on systems that cause planetary harm, we’ll need to create ecologically regenerative infras...

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Saving Water, Twenty Million Gallons at a Time

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Two things we know to be true about SOIL’s crew: we’re data driven to our core and we’re really passionate about poop (or about finding innovative ways to transform it from something that wreaks havoc on the environment and public health into something that combats climate change and grows more food!) So, it won’t come to you as a surprise that our resident Composting Advisor Julie Jeliazovski decided to start tracking the number of times we were all using the restroom in SOIL’s office bathroom (aka our test lab!). She was hard at work crunching numbers to ...

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