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Almost.

Almost. 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 ...

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Geolocating SOIL Toilets


Erinold’s Trip to the USA Expands SOIL’s Pathogen Testing Capacity

The SOIL Cap-Haitien team is happy to have its Sanitation Coordinator back after a 2-week trip in June to the United States. Erinold Frederic is a busy man in the office, not only managing SOIL’s busiest sanitation program EkoLakay, but also the laboratory where each batch of compost is tested for pathogens before sale. When the opportunity arose to expand SOIL’s pathogen testing capacity, Erinold stepped up to the plate….the microscope plate that is. Although SOIL currently tests for E. coli as a broad-spectrum pathogen indicator for human waste treatment, ...

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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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