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Meet Marckindy, SOIL’s Composting Supervisor

Marckindy onsite at SOIL’s composting waste treatment site in Mouchinette, Northern Haiti. A couple of months ago we sat down with Marckindy Etienne, SOIL’s Composting Supervisor, to talk about his work, his connection to SOIL, and his thoughts on the role sanitation and compost can play in Haiti’s future. Marckindy has been a part of the SOIL family since his first internship in 2012, and he’s known of SOIL for even longer through his brother, Job (SOIL’s Composting Manager). A condensed version of his interview follows, translated from Haitian Creole into English. We hope you enjoy getting to know Marckindy as much as we enjoy getting to ...

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Rezime: SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) travay an Ayiti pou transfòme dechè an resous itil depi lane 2006. Misyon nou se kore diyite, lasante ak travay sosyal dirab nan transfòmasyon dechè an resous enpòtan pou lanati. Sèvis EkoLakay se yon sevis twalèt inovatif ke SOIL lanse depi 2011 nan Okap. EkoLakay genyen pliske 1000 kliyan ki peye chak mwa pou yon koleksyon ki fasilite tout matyè a trete epi transfòme nan yon konpòs. Konpòs sa, ki rele Konpos Lakay, rive teste nan laboratwa avan li anbale epi vann sou mache nasyonal la pou itilize nan domenn agrikòl la. Direksyon SOIL vle avèti tout moun ke li genyen yon pòs ...

Cultivating Food Production with 2,000 Bags of Compost

Haiti’s local food systems have been hit hard by the worsening political and economic situation in Haiti, with ongoing challenges for farmers trying to get their food to markets, and for families facing devastating price increases. As a result, food scarcity has worsened in Haiti for some of the country’s most vulnerable communities. Though the underlying problems are complex and stem beyond degraded soils alone, the growing challenges for local farmers and families struggling to put food on the table is a strong reminder of the critical need to invest in efforts to increase local production. By treating and transforming waste into organic ...

Training a New Generation of Sanitation Researchers

SOIL intern, Wenley Moïse, extracting samples from the liquid filters installed underneath SOIL's composting bins to take to the lab for testing. SOIL loves providing opportunities for students in Haiti to work with our team and gain valuable hands-on experience in the sanitation sector to help jumpstart their careers. Over the past six months, SOIL research partner Dr. Rebecca Ryals has been conducting a study on optimal composting conditions at our waste treatment facilities. The study looks at whether using different lining materials (concrete vs. a natural soil lining) in the composting bins impacts the leaching of nutrients or pathogens ...

New and Improved Bonzode

One of SOIL's team members rocking protective equipment to keep dust out of his eyes while hard at work with our new bonzodè grinder! In Haitian Creole the word bonzodè means “good smell,” and that’s just what it does! What is it? Bonzodè is the cover material used as the “flush” in SOIL’s water-free household toilets. When a family on SOIL’s sanitation services uses their in-home toilet, they add a handful of bonzodè and it works its magic to prevent flies, ensure good smells, and aid in the composting process once waste makes its way to our treatment facility. Our bonzodè is made from materials once seen as waste and is a ...

JSTOR: A History of Human Waste As Fertilizers

In eighteenth-century Japan, human waste served a critical role in local agricultural production says JSTOR Daily. Their question in the recent article on sanitation history: can similar solutions help manage waste today? In the 1700s, Japanese community members saw human waste as a valuable substance for their crops and a viable tool for soil restoration and food security. It was so esteemed that landlords actually owned the rights to it and stealing the waste was a punishable crime! At this moment in history, the valorization of waste in the country put Japan’s sanitation miles ahead of European countries facing public health and hygiene ...

Nurturing Long-term Collaboration in Cite Soleil

Daniel during a visit to SOIL in northern Haiti last year Long-time SOIL partner and friend Daniel Tillias was recently nominated as a CNN hero in recognition of his transformative work in Haiti. Daniel is the co-founder of SAKALA, a community-building, sports, education and environmental organization in Cité Soleil and his organization has long used both SOIL toilets and compost in their garden! We first met Daniel in 2004 and have been proud to partner in a variety of ways since then, including in the humanitarian response to the devastating 2010 earthquake. Read an interview with Daniel below to learn more about how SAKALA uses ...

Meet Tidou

Lucny Joasil, better known to everybody as Tidou, has been connected to SOIL for more than a decade. He first met SOIL Co-Founder and Executive Director Sasha Kramer in 2008 when SOIL was looking to hire Haitian Creole-English teachers and translators. That was Tidou’s initial role with SOIL and over the years he has moved into new positions with our team, each time taking on more and more responsibility. Now, he’s the Assistant Composting Supervisor at SOIL’s waste treatment site outside of Cap-Haïtien. Reporting directly to SOIL’s Composting Supervisor Job Etienne, Tidou helps collect data, supervises composting activities, oversees ...

Discussing Future Growth with Local Stakeholders

Last month SOIL’s Port-au-Prince team hosted a meeting alongside community members and Haiti’s Ministry of Environment (MDE) to discuss SOIL’s composting waste treatment site and plans for future growth. It was a part of a broader Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) that the MDE leads and was a great opportunity for SOIL to continue to deepen relationships both with government partners and our neighbors and communities just outside of Haiti’s capital city. We opened the session by explaining SOIL’s complete waste treatment process, including the dumping of containers, the washing and disinfecting of containers, full treatment of the ...

JOB OPENING: Waste Treatment Advisor

SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) is working in Haiti to transform waste into useful resources since 2006. Our mission is to support dignity, health and sustainable social work in transforming waste into significant resources for the nature. SOIL is seeking advisory support for our composting program to provide strategic guidance and promote ongoing research collaborations. The advisor will play the role of providing key support to the Composting Managers and acting as a liaison between external researchers and the SOIL operational team to push forward innovations and improve operational efficiency. We are looking for someone ...