As all of our friends and supporters know, SOIL has been working to improve access to safe, dignified sanitation in Haiti since 2006. But you may not know that from time to time, SOIL also lends a hand with Ecological Sanitation (EcoSan) projects around the globe. Recently, SOIL’s Port-au-Prince Regional Director, Baudeler "Bobo" Magloire, returned to the West African country of Benin to follow up on a project launched way back in 2012 in partnership with the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) and their local partner, ADESCA. This project was funded through a National ...
“Don’t take my picture!”
This was a phrase that I heard over and over while working on a case study video for SOIL with the New-York based filmmaker Monica Wise. Although this was Monica’s first trip to Haiti, she is both an experienced traveler and fearless behind the camera, spending hours at SOIL’s waste treatment site with a mask protecting her mouth, getting close and personal with the team while they dumped buckets of human waste. Nothing fazed her.
“I can hide behind the camera. As long as I’m filming, I’m so focused on what I’m trying to ...
*My apologies to the late great James Brown
Here in Port-au-Prince, our customers love Konpòs Lakay – this morning we sold out our stock yet again - but there is one regular complaint we were getting: What is with that bag?
It’s true. For a product that is all about restoring health to the earth, made by an organization full of people who truly love the environment, it sure had unfortunate packaging. The 5-gallon plastic bags were thin and tore easily, so they were difficult - if not impossible - to reuse. Since our waste treatment site is inside the Port-au-P...
[Li enfòmasyon sa a an kreyòl ayisyen.]
SOIL conducts regular one-day workshops on SOIL’s use of ecological sanitation (EcoSan) technology in Haiti.
This workshop includes an overview of SOIL’s programs, technologies used, lessons learned, and implementation suggestions. Read more about past training sessions here.
Friday, November 20, 2015
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Delmas 31, Port-au-Prince
We hope to have sufficient interest to offer the workshop in both Haitian Creole and English. Please indicate your ...
[Click here to read this information in English.]
SOIL òganize tanzantan atelye pou montre SOIL sèvi ak teknoloji Sanitasyon Ekolojik (EkoSan) an Ayiti.
Fòmasyon sa gen ladan yon rezime de pwogram yo nou, kom pa egzamp: teknoloji ke nou sèvi, leson nou te aprann nan developman teknoloji sa, e pwopozisyon pou amelyore koman teknoloji sa ka aplike pi byen.
Dat: Vandredi, 20 Novanm 2015, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Delmas 31, Pòtopwens
8h00 – 8h30: Anrejistreman tout patisipan yo
8h30 – 9h50: Mo Byenvini, ...
In this past fiscal year, SOIL hosted six interns in the agricultural department. The interns were all agriculture students at local universities who come to SOIL to fulfill their internship requirement during their last year of schooling. In SOIL's agricultural intern program, students gain practical hands-on experience in lab work, research and compost production, and then design and execute an experiment with SOIL compost for their senior thesis.
We plan to host a whopping 14 new agricultural interns in 2015-2016! To better understand the potential impact of a ...
Back in May we excitedly announced that we had co-authorized a paper with our collaborators at re.source sanitation (and you can check it out here). We now are pleased to say that the second paper from this collaboration has hit the press!
As we started researching and planning our household sanitation service in Haiti, we became very aware of how little is known about user demand and perception for household ecological sanitation (EcoSan) services. Would our target customers even want these toilets? Would they be proud of them? Would they feel like they were modern ...
If you have been following SOIL’s progress, you have probably seen that our EkoLakay household toilet business is growing bigger every day. However, signing up more customers requires having all of the necessary materials for the service. And one of our most critical inputs is our toilet “flushing” material, bonzode (read more about why cover material is so important here).
Finding good materials to make the bonzode is important, and we need them to be cheap and sustainably available. In the past, we have used a mix of 75% sugar cane bagasse (the woody parts of ...
That word, or rather, it’s Kreyol equivalent, preske (press-keh), is being used quite a lot these days. The construction that the landlord is doing at our office is almost done. We’ve almost perfected the updated technical design for our cement toilets. We’re almost ready to order our new, more environmentally-friendly compost packaging with its improved informational label. It’s almost time to harvest our peanut experiment – an exciting one because peanuts are a major crop here, but a bit nerve-wracking, as there are biological reasons to suspect that ...