*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 ...
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, ...
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!
The full position description is on Idealist.org.