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A Vision for the Future

On January 31st and February 1st SOIL’s management teams from Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haiten gathered together to spend two days digging into the following questions: what is the five-year vision for SOIL’s work and impact? And what work do we need to do in the coming five years to ensure we reach our goal? This workshop was a rare and welcome opportunity to bring SOIL leadership from both offices together under one roof – although many of our staff travel between the offices frequently, it is difficult for management to set aside large chunks of time to be away ...

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SOIL Advisers: Supporting Capacity Development and Social Business Solutions

I am pleased to introduce you to SOIL's new team: Ekip Konseye! The word konseye in Creole means advisors, and at SOIL, the Konseye position serves a key role in monitoring and evaluation, supporting operational activities, supporting SOIL’s Program Directors, and coordinating with external research partners. The long-term vision of Konseye is to support capacity development at SOIL and ensure that the solutions we’re developing can be sustainable, scale-able, and successful over the long term. But it gets better than that! The Konseye role is flexible and can be ...

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Compost & Climate Research Interns (Stajye Klima ak Konpòs)

Gavin, Junior, and Darline model the adapted buckets used as chamber bases for quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from the compost piles. Stajye Klim ak Konpòs: Introducing SOIL’s first Climate and Compost Research Fellows! Every day, SOIL is showing that ecological sanitation (EcoSan) can provide an impressive array of sustainability benefits. SOIL’s EcoSan model provides dignified sanitation, removes harmful pathogens from the environment, and recycles waste into nutrient-rich compost. Recently, scientists have also started evaluating whether ecological ...

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Empowering women. Period.

All around the world, women and girls face a monthly reality: menstruation. Periods are often taboo, something shameful, to be hidden away and never mentioned. Certainly menstruation is often considered a women-only topic – we ask each other for help if we’re in a tight spot and have forgotten a pad or tampon, we talk in coded language about cramps, irritation, and other inconveniences we tend to bear in silence each month. It is truly unfortunate that menstruation is still considered a shameful and unacceptable topic in most places. And for many women silence is ...

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Nature Commode: Why Ecological Sanitation Is An Important Market Development Opportunity

SOIL friend and recent visitor Tucker Cahill Chambers wrote an article for "Nature Commode" in which he explores the possibility that Ecological Sanitation represents a valuable market solution for sanitation businesses worldwide. Because EcoSan solutions like SOIL's are holistic, tackling multiple issues simultaneously and leveraging full cycle solutions, these solutions are also, at heart, incredibly efficient, making them attractive from a business perspective in addition to humanitarian and environmental perspectives. Tucker writes "Ecological sanitation, on the ...

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Fòmasyon Sanitasyon Ekolojik: 9 Mas, 2017

[Click here to read this information in English.] Akòz sikonstans enprevi, SOIL te anile fòmasyon sa a. Nou pral pataje enfòmasyon depi nou fikse yon nouvo dat. Mèsi pou konpreyansyon nou. Detanzantan, SOIL oganize atelye pou pataje eksperyans ak konesans nou genyen ak teknoloji Sanitasyon Ekolojik (EkoSan) an Ayiti Fomasyon sa genyen ladan yon rezime de pwogram nou yo, pa egzamp: teknoloji ke nou sevi, leson nou te aprann nan devlopman tekonoloji sa yo, e pwopozisyon nou genyen pou amelyore koman teknoloji sa yo ka aplike pi byen. Enfòmasyon Atelye Dat: Jedi, ...

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SOIL Ecological Sanitation Training: March 9, 2017

[Li enfòmasyon sa a an kreyòl ayisyen.] Due to unforeseen circumstances SOIL has cancelled this training. We will share updated information when we have a date for our next training. Thank you for your understanding. 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.   Workshop Information Date Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:00 am - ...

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EkoLakay reaches the 1000th Toilet Milestone!

Today is a day of celebration for SOIL - we just installed our 1,000th EkoLakay household toilet! EkoLakay would not exist without our clients, who pay for the service every month and in doing so, prove that ecological sanitation is a working alternative to other sanitation options like flush toilets or pit latrines. We want to thank each and every one of them. We are also so thankful for all of our friends and supporters, whose contributions subsidize the waste treatment component of the EkoLakay program. Our 1,000th client's name is Jean Nelson Arnoux. He li...

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Breaking Down All the Costs

As SOIL works to expand and continually improve our household toilet service, EkoLakay, we are constantly evaluating and reassessing our costs. To do this successfully, we need to have a detailed breakdown of what our costs are –how much we’re spending, what we’re spending money on, and what each facet of our program costs. Last year I started researching and analyzing EkoLakay service costs at the household level, meaning breaking down our cost analysis further to examine how much each piece of the program costs per household. We believed that by breaking down the ...

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New Beginnings: SOIL’s New Compost Site in Port-au-Prince

Regular readers of SOIL's blog may remember that we committed to transforming our composting site at the municipal waste dump in Truitier into a green oasis. Just over one year after starting operations in Truitier, we had made significant progress on this transformation and updated all of you with the blog:  Transforming Truitier. Since then, the trees have continued to grow and hundreds of butterflies have taken up residence in the site, creating a beautiful oasis within the municipal dump site. Scenes from SOIL's green compost side in the Port-au-Prince city ...

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