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SOIL is Hiring: Seeking an EkoLakay Project Manager

SOIL is seeking a full time EkoLakay Project Manager to support the scale up of SOIL’s social business pilot for providing sustainable household sanitation in Port-au-Prince. We are looking for someone passionate about researching, designing, implementing, and improving social business models for the sustainable private-sector provision of ecological sanitation services. Thank you for sharing this announcement widely and helping us find the right person to join our passionate and dynamic team! POSITION DESCRIPTION The full position description is on Idealist.org. ...

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Getting the Message Out

As SOIL's summer intern, it’s a pleasure to bring you an update about EkoLakay, SOIL’s household toilet social business pilot. This summer, I have the opportunity to participate in SOIL's marketing team, which is testing marketing strategies for all of SOIL's services and products. As you may know, selling even the best services or products doesn’t happen just by snapping your fingers. In order to achieve SOIL’s initial goal of serving more than 50 families in Ti Plas Kazo (a neighborhood near the SOIL Port-au-Prince office), the marketing team has been hard at ...

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A little HELP from our friends

At SOIL, we always love when we hit upon mutually beneficial partnerships, so we're thrilled to serve as an internship site this summer for the Haitian Education Leadership Program (HELP). HELP's mission is "to create, through merit- and needs-based university scholarships, a community of young professionals and leaders who promote a more just society in Haiti." In addition to scholarships, HELP offers a variety of support services to help develop and hone their students' professional skills, including English and computer literacy courses as well as an internship progra...

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The long and eventful journey of the SOIL household toilet design

The development of SOIL’s household urine diversion toilet, aka the EkoLakay toilet, has been an iterative process. We thought that it would be great to share that history with you: EcoSan lovers, SOIL fans, and toilet developers around the world! A good toilet design should take into account cultural practices and habits and should be ergonomic, durable, practical and last, but not least, aesthetically pleasing. Let’s walk though our household toilet development from the beginning: 2009: The Clay Pot 2011: The Artsy Wooden Box 2012: The Shiny Formica re.sou...

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Six of SOIL’s Sanitation Heroes

Their work is unglamorous. It may even be the definition of unglamorous for many people. But the six men who make up the compost team in Cap-Haitien are no short of sanitation superheroes in the eyes of SOIL and the surrounding community. Why? They take something that is deadly, a leading killer of children under 5 in Haiti, and transform it into an organic, money-making, earth-nourishing resource. SOIL’s EcoSan system, turning poop into compost, take the problems of access to dignified sanitation and waterborne diseases from fecal contamination, and turn them into ...

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Publication on SOIL’s composting method by the CDC and Emory University

Here at SOIL, we’re dedicated to basing our strategic objectives, protocols and procedures, and design iterations on careful research and data. We also make an effort to share our lessons and progress with the global ecological sanitation community. That’s why we’re so pleased that a scientific paper on our work has been published! “Ascaris and Escherichia coli Inactivation in an Ecological Sanitation System in Port-au-Prince, Haiti” was released on May, 2015 by David Berendes with co-authors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Emory ...

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Happy World Environment Day!

Happy World Environment Day! Today, June 5, is an international day set by the United Nations to bring awareness to environmental issues. This year’s theme is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” We celebrated this event in Cap-Haitien with a local women’s federation called AFLIDEPA. Over 30 members of the federation came to SOIL for a tour and presentation that focused on ecological sanitation and compost production. They are interested in making their own compost from kitchen and yard waste, and we couldn’t be more pleased to help out! ...

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Konpòs Lakay: SOLD OUT!

In our last update, we were celebrating doubling our capacity at the waste treatment site in North Haiti We’re continuing to build even more capacity, but today we’re celebrating something else: SOIL is sold out of compost!! SOIL has sold about 60 tons of compost so far this year, and it’s not over yet. Who’s buying it? Small farmers, backyard gardeners, community garden and reforestation projects, large businesses and organizations, and agricultural enterprises. We’ve sold one bag at a time and we’ve sold 8,000 bags at a time. We’ve sold truckloads all ...

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Making Money, Doing Good

The development of EkoMobil, SOIL’s portable toilet social business pilot, represents investment in a long-term and durable sanitation solution. Every dollar that’s invested in EkoMobil is returned as revenue plus profit, reinvested and returned, ad infinitum. With every dollar of EkoMobil profit, we’re able grow the scale and quality of the EkoMobil business – creating more local jobs, enabling greater and more widespread access to sanitation, and providing a sustainable source of revenue – as well as support the growth of our household EkoLakay social business ...

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In Solidarity with Nepal

When we heard the news that Nepal was hit by a second powerful earthquake, our hearts dropped. It seems that moments of silence are the most appropriate in times of great tragedy such as this, but we also want to speak out through our sadness to share some humble insights that may help those who are working to repair some of the damage done in Nepal. Many involved in the relief effort in Nepal have already reached out to SOIL for advice, and we are grateful to be able to assist in even small ways. We’re sharing a list of resources and lessons learned while working in ...

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