4 results for tag: business


Increasing Frugality in an Already Frugal Organization

It’s only May, but SOIL is already planning out the strategy for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, which starts August 1st. As the Marketing and Sales Advisor in SOIL, I’ve been involved in the strategy planning for EkoLakay (SOIL’s household toilet service), EkoMobil (SOIL’s mobile toilet service), and SOIL’s waste treatment and compost production. It’s been exciting to see our team’s progress from the past two years that I’ve been participating in these strategy planning meetings. A new customer on SOIL's growing EkoLakay service, April 2017. The biggest difference is this year’s unanimous focus on business principles that will ...

SOIL (Re)presents at Conference in Kumasi

Last week I had the great honor and pleasure of participating in and presenting at the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) International Conference, hosted on the Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology campus in Kumasi, Ghana. The theme of this year’s conference was Ensuring Availability and Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation for All. The conference featured many presentations covering topics like fecal sludge management, resource recovery, and sanitation marketing, and was an incredibly valuable opportunity to gain exposure to international research and best practices in SOIL’s sector of work. In addition, ...

Making Money, Doing Good

The development of EkoMobil, SOIL’s portable toilet social business pilot, represents investment in a long-term and durable sanitation solution. Every dollar that’s invested in EkoMobil is returned as revenue plus profit, reinvested and returned, ad infinitum. With every dollar of EkoMobil profit, we’re able grow the scale and quality of the EkoMobil business – creating more local jobs, enabling greater and more widespread access to sanitation, and providing a sustainable source of revenue – as well as support the growth of our household EkoLakay social business through research, education, and subsidies. Social business sees no trade-off ...

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance Publishes SOIL's Paper: Can We Sell EcoSan Compost in Haiti? A Market Analysis Report

With the support of Oxfam Great Britain, SOIL conducted a market assessment of compost and fertilizer sales in Haiti with a specific focus on indentifying possible markets for the sale of compost generated by EcoSan projects. Throughout the course of this study, the following market conditions were evaluated in detail: the prices, availability and quality of the different options for fertilizer and compost currently available in Haiti, the agricultural practices of small-scale farmers, the results from preliminary marketing and outreach efforts to potential bulk buyers in the government and NGO sectors, social responses to the idea ...