SOILHaiti 12 August 2013

August 2013 Newsletter: Summer Parties

Dear Friends,

Ecological sanitation (EcoSan) is a new concept in Haiti (first introduced by SOIL in 2006), but it has caught on quickly. This is partly because of the technology’s unique suitability to a country with almost no sanitation infrastructure, limited funding for expensive sanitation facilities, and enormous demand for soil amendments. But the positive reception of EcoSan in Haiti can also be attributed in part to SOIL’s successful outreach, education, and social marketing campaign. At the opening of every new EcoSan toilet facility, SOIL puts on an educational “toilet inauguration” party in collaboration with local community groups that celebrates the opening of the new toilet and provides some fun, interactive games to teach people how to use and maintain their new toilets. SOIL also hosts regular "toilet tours" and workshops that help other people, entreprenurs, and organizations build their own toilets and compost sites and replicate SOIL's successes.

But we're especially excited about the lastest form of promotion for SOIL's EcoSan toilets as it is turning into a viable business opportunity in its own right: a mobile EcoSan toilet service. SOIL now has dozens of mobile toilets available to be rented out for festivals, carnivals, and other large events around Haiti. As the summer festival season kicks into gear, SOIL's mobile toilets are in ever-increasing demand. Check out this recent blog post about the Limonade town party (or Fèt Champèt as they're called in Creole) for some beautiful photos of former port-a-potties converted into compost-making, sanitation-providing, festival-going environmental toilets. Social business opportunities like this one encourage us to keep believing that with the right low-cost technology and true grassroots support, increasing access to sustainble sanitation is a viable dream.

With love from Haiti,

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