Latest Updates


Papers to Practice Podcast: SOIL’s Dr. Sasha Kramer and Research Partner, Dr. Rebecca Ryal discuss GHG Emissions and Waste

Last week, SOIL Executive Director Dr. Sasha Kramer, was featured, along with research partner, Dr. Rebecca Ryals of UC Merced, on the Papers to Practice podcast to talk about some of the research they have done to better understand the positive environmental impacts of SOIL's service and waste treatment methodology. Specifically, the podcast focused on one of the publications produced from this work titled Greenhouse gas fluxes from human waste management pathways in Haiti. The Papers to Practice podcast features discussion with the authors of sanitation-related publica...

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SOIL & Schools: Inspiring the Next Generation of Change Makers

Recent visitors from a local school. Every day SOIL works to empower the communities we serve in northern Haiti, and the well-being of Haitian people is at the very heart of all that we do. We are always excited to share more about our regenerative sanitation services with the community to raise awareness and to let people know about our accessible household sanitation. We are even MORE excited when we get to share SOIL’s work with the next generation of changemakers: students! We were thrilled to welcome these eager visitors from the local schools around Cap-Haitien ...

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Expanding SOIL’s Data Concepts and Analyses Using DataCamp

SOIL's Research & Operations teams collaborating  SOIL’s research team is always looking for ways to improve our EkoLakay processes so that we can continue to provide our customers with the highest quality sanitation service. To do so, the team regularly undertakes projects and analyses that inform strategic and operational improvements to our services. An important way for the researchers to identify and understand the specific changes that need to be made is by generating solid, data-driven evidence for analysis and study. DataCamp, an online, interactive ...

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Meet Beverly, SOIL’s new Sr. Sales Manager!

The SOIL team is incredibly pleased and proud to welcome back Beverly Pierre Accius in a new role as our Senior Sales Manager at the Cap-Haitien office.  Beverly has been an integral member of the SOIL team having held past positions with SOIL as Ekolakay Coordinator, EkoLakay Manager, and Senior Port au Prince Office Manager. Her passion, empathy and business savvy has helped our EkoLakay business grow and expand to reach new households that previously have not had sanitation access. We are excited to bring her long-time experience and entrepreneurial spirit into this ...

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PouBèlAyiti and World Environment Day: A Conversation with Angie Bell

Art made from trash at World Environment Day, organized by PouBèl Ayiti and SOIL Advisory Board member Angie Bell. SOIL recently had the opportunity to speak with the inspirational Angie Bell, founder of PouBèlAyiti and member of SOIL’s special advisory board. In our conversation, we learned about her Cap-Haitien initiative, World Environment Day, and her work promoting awareness about waste management, nurturing the environment, and teaching school children about the importance of keeping Haiti clean.  Every spring for the past seven years, PouBèlAyiti has ...

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Back to the Basics: An Overview of SOIL’s Essential Service

Readers of our blog might know that SOIL provides EkoLakay sanitation services to households in the city of Cap-Haïtien on Haiti’s northern coast and that we are currently providing this essential service to nearly 2,000 households, impacting over 11,000 individuals. This past year alone, our sanitation and composting staff collected and treated over 500 metric tons of waste from the communities we serve and produced 170 metric tons of compost through our ecological waste treatment process. But do you know how the service works?  For new potential household ...

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Strategies for Change: SOIL’s Partnership with Appleseed

SOIL’s mission is to deliver safe, dignified, and affordable ecological sanitation services to households in Haiti and to increase sanitation access for all who want and need it. As readers of our blog know, one of the ways we do this is by providing in-home toilets and removing waste from communities via our EkoLakay services. A monthly service fee is collected from our customers which helps to cover the cost of the household toilet rental, weekly container collection & replacement, and waste treatment service. The customer fee helps to generate a stream of revenue ...

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GENERATING EVIDENCE TO IMPROVE CUSTOMER PAYMENT BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONS FOR CBS SERVICE IN HAITI

In April 2022, SOIL launched a new research project in partnership with Appleseed, a behavioral research agency, to better understand and evaluate customer payment behavior, and develop strategies on how to encourage EkoLakay household sanitation customers to regularly pay the monthly fee for the service on time. SOIL charges a monthly service fee from customers for our household toilet, weekly collection and waste treatment service, in order to contribute to operational cost recovery and establish the provision of sanitation as an essential basic service rather than a ...

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Breeding in Progress: Updates on SOIL’s BSFL Research

SOIL's black soldier fly rearing unit containers, provided in partnership with USAID.  In 2019, the SOIL Research Team began testing out the possibility of using black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) as a method of transforming waste from our EkoLakay sanitation service into protein-rich larvae that can serve as animal feed. This technology can be used in combination with the existing composting process. After a delay in our pilot trials due to the Covid-19 pandemic, work resumed last year on the project, in partnership with USAID Haiti, and we have a few exciting updates to ...

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New Publication Links Container-Based Sanitation and Human Rights

Haiti's sanitation system leaves 19% of urban households without improved sanitation access. CBS systems can help expand access while also creating safer jobs in Haiti.  At SOIL, our strategic objectives are informed by careful research and data. We are also committed  to understanding the human rights implications of the work we do. We are pleased to share a recent publication, in partnership with researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, and published in H2Open Journal, that explores the potential for container-based sanitation (CBS) as a ...

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