SOIL Grows Through It All

A time-lapse map illustrates SOIL’s household service growth from 2014 – 2022

Since its founding in 2007, SOIL has been working to provide regenerative and life-saving sanitation services to meet the vastly unmet need for improved sanitation in Haiti, particularly in urban and peri-urban areas. SOIL’s flagship household service, EkoLakay, was first piloted in Cap-Haitien in 2014, and since this time, has expanded to reach over 2,200 households, providing more than 13,000 people in urban Haiti with safely managed sanitation. Each and every household that joins our service is a milestone for us; and represents one more family that no longer has to use an unsafe method of managing their household hygiene. With this in mind, we are excited to share a new time-lapse map (pictured above) developed by our research team that illustrates SOIL’s household service growth from 2014 through 2022.

SOIL’s research team has been working with geo-spatial mapping technology to develop new tools for reaching vulnerable customers. Part of this work has been to develop a time-lapse map that visually shows our geographical focus areas with year over year growth. The team has further used this technology to identify priority areas within our geographic scope that could be particularly vulnerable to the spread of waterborne disease, like the most recent cholera outbreak that began in October of 2022. This enabled our operations team to prioritize expansion in these areas, particularly in the neighborhoods of Fosen Michel, Petitans and Avyasyon, to rapidly add nearly 300 new households to our service in just two months.  

The map also tells a story of the ever-changing and often unstable and devastating reality that Haitian families face each day. The 2020 time-lapse of the map clearly shows a reduction in coverage in the Shada II neighborhood, the community where SOIL first launched our work and a large informal settlement of Cap-Haitien, as a result of the complete destruction of that neighborhood when it was abruptly cleared for development.

Despite country-wide insecurity and fuel shortages over the past couple of years, this visual illustration helps to share SOIL’s incredible progress in expanding our service, when many other services have remained at a stand-still. The SOIL team continues to work hard to ensure that an even greater proportion of Cap-Haitien’s population has access to safe and dignified sanitation – a basic human right. We are excited to be able to use our geospatial mapping tools as we work to densify existing service zones, advocate for customer retention and, as conditions allow, strategically add new zones to our service plan.

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