SOIL Featured in New Book on Global Changemakers

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In 2006, SOIL was founded in the hopes that, in developing a local solution to the sanitation crisis in Haiti, we could spark a sanitation revolution and create meaningful change on a global scale. Today, we’re focused on refining our model and expanding our regenerative urban sanitation service, EkoLakay, across Haiti. How have we done it and what have we learned along the way? In the Business of Change: How Social Entrepreneurs are Disrupting Business as Usual, a new book by Elisa Birnbaum, shares answers to these questions and tells the tale of SOIL’s work, alongside countless other movers and shakers from around the world.

An excerpt from the book

“From the very first days of SOIL, Kramer has insisted on keeping the focus and efforts localized. How? Let us count the ways.

First, they source and purchase supplies locally and work as much as they can with local businesses and contractors to promote the country’s economy. Second, they train people locally so they can maintain the projects designed on their behalf. Third, they promote cultural fluency by having every staff member speak the local language of Haitian Creole to facilitate communication within communities. Fourth, in a spirit of inclusivity, every program they run involves consultation with local beneficiaries at every step. In this way, they can be sure that the project meets a real community need as opposed to their own perceived need.”

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