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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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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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How SOIL’s Toilets are Tackling the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Photo: Bernard Cherelus At SOIL we believe that having access to a toilet is a basic human right. Having access to a toilet provides a feeling of dignity. Household toilets increase safety for women and girls and they are critical for preventing waterborne diseases. Because of lack of access to toilets, clean water, and hygiene services, diarrhea kills 2,195 children every day around the world—more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Sadly, it is estimated that only 34% of urban Haitians have access to improved sanitation facilities and less than 1% of human ...

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SOIL’s Dr. Sasha Kramer Wins the Sarphati Sanitation Award for Lifetime Achievement

SOIL's beloved co-founder and fearless leader, Dr. Sasha Kramer, was recently awarded the Sarphati Sanitation Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of her work to develop sustainable sanitation solutions. Congratulations to Sasha, and thank you for your years of service! The award is named after Dr. Samuel Sarphati, a doctor who made significant contributions to ridding the City of Amsterdam of cholera in the late nineteenth century. We're deeply honored to receive this recognition of Sasha's work and of the model SOIL is building in Haiti. In fact, ...

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Safety First! Increasing Resilience in SOIL’s Sanitation Service

Photo credit: Julie Jeliazovski First and foremost, SOIL’s priority is to protect the health of our communities, our workers, and the environment. As such, our composting process has been developed in a way that meets and exceeds the guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the safe treatment of waste. At every step of the the way SOIL has collaborated with research institutions from the around the world to develop a safe and durable model. But ensuring safety and health is a continuous process and we continue to proactively assess any and every ...

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AVETISMAN TRAVAY: Kowodonatè/Kowodonatris EkoLakay

Avetisman Travay: Kowodonatè/Kowodonatris EkoLakay Disponibilite: Plen tan Kote: Potoprens Zòn entèvansyon: Delmas 33, Silo, Ti Plas Kazo, Site Soley ak Kwadèboukè Telefon Biwo: (509) 4621-7271 Dat Limit: 17 Novanm 2017 Dat Komansman: 3 Janvier, 2018 SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods), Travay an Ayiti depi lanne 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 youn (1) pòs vid ke l’ap eseye ranpli. ...

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In Loving Memory of Jhony Michel, SOIL Sanitation Hero

Photo: Claire Pask Jhony Michel, husband to Islande "Kokolo" Dieudonné and father of five, was a dedicated member of the SOIL team since July 2015, and a collaborator and friend for much longer.  After work on September 22nd, he strapped on his helmet, got on his motorcycle, and went to pick up his wife from the market. A van transporting passengers from Ouanaminthe to Cap-Haitien struck Jhony, and he passed away at the site of the accident.  SOIL's human resources director Wisner Jean Louis remembers that "Jhony was one of the sweetest, most peaceful, and ...

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New Research Shows SOIL’s Compost Often More Effective Than Chemical Fertilizer

Photo credit: Tony Marcelli Last June, we introduced our readers to Estrella Ardanza and Susana Perez Bejar, two Cranfield University students who have been busy studying the impact of SOIL’s Konpòs Lakay compost on native Haitian plants for their Master's theses. After months of hard work and thoughtful collaboration, we’re excited to share that the numbers have been crunched and the theses have been written. SOIL is dedicated to developing innovative and research-based ecological sanitation solutions here in Haiti and for years we’ve partnered with farmers and ...

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Container Based Sanitation Takes Center Stage at World Water Week

At World Water Week, the world’s largest annual gathering focused on water issues, it was actually poop that took center stage this year! The theme of this year’s conference was “Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse” – and the buzz around SOIL and other Container-Based Sanitation (CBS) service providers was palpable. See for yourself: Devex reported that the innovation happening in CBS was one of the top five highlights of the conference! Why all the excitement? As cities and municipalities work to increase access to sanitation, they have run up against signifi...

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