82 results for tag: ecological sanitation


Expanding SOIL’s Data Concepts and Analyses Using DataCamp

SOIL's Research & Operations teams collaborating  SOIL’s research team is always looking for ways to improve our EkoLakay processes so that we can continue to provide our customers with the highest quality sanitation service. To do so, the team regularly undertakes projects and analyses that inform strategic and operational improvements to our services. An important way for the researchers to identify and understand the specific changes that need to be made is by generating solid, data-driven evidence for analysis and study. DataCamp, an online, interactive learning platform that teaches users data science and skills, has partnered with ...

Back to the Basics: An Overview of SOIL’s Essential Service

Readers of our blog might know that SOIL provides EkoLakay sanitation services to households in the city of Cap-Haïtien on Haiti’s northern coast and that we are currently providing this essential service to nearly 2,000 households, impacting over 11,000 individuals. This past year alone, our sanitation and composting staff collected and treated over 500 metric tons of waste from the communities we serve and produced 170 metric tons of compost through our ecological waste treatment process. But do you know how the service works?  For new potential household customers, the EkoLakay journey begins when an individual expresses interest in ...

Breeding in Progress: Updates on SOIL’s BSFL Research

SOIL's black soldier fly rearing unit containers, provided in partnership with USAID.  In 2019, the SOIL Research Team began testing out the possibility of using black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) as a method of transforming waste from our EkoLakay sanitation service into protein-rich larvae that can serve as animal feed. This technology can be used in combination with the existing composting process. After a delay in our pilot trials due to the Covid-19 pandemic, work resumed last year on the project, in partnership with USAID Haiti, and we have a few exciting updates to share.  Black soldier flies (BSF) are endemic to Haiti and wild ones have ...

Following the Science with Carbon Credits: SOIL at the Global Water Summit

SOIL’s Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, attended the Global Water Summit Water-Positive Zero Carbon conference in Madrid in May, delivering a keynote address in the Opening Plenary session and joining a panel discussion on “Monetising Carbon for SDG6”. The Global Water Summit brings together industry experts from the public and private sector with the goal to map out a better future for water through global political commitment and climate action to create transformational change for our valuable water resources. The conference offered interesting insight and discussions around the opportunities and challenges of current carbon market with ...

SOIL Featured in PBS Series Human: The World Within

We have exciting news to share! SOIL’s innovative sanitation solution was just featured in the new PBS series, HUMAN: The World Within. The six-part series is an unprecedented expedition into the vast universe inside of us all. The episode spotlighting SOIL’s work in Haiti is titled FUEL and recently aired on May 12th. This particular episode explores the human gut and its various functions through diverse examples including an ultra-marathon runner, a religious faster, a young girl suffering from allergies, and SOIL’s waste-to-resource sanitation approach. In addition to discussing the complexities of our internal environment, the episode ...

Climate Risks: Understanding Haiti’s Climate Vulnerability

photo credit Vic Hinterlang As we celebrate Earth Day this year and acknowledge all that our planet has to offer, it’s important to also remember what we are up against. Our ongoing exploitative transactional relationship with the Earth’s environment has resulted in the rapid depletion of natural resources, animal extinctions, forest destruction, increased natural disasters and pandemics. Vulnerable communities, like those we serve in Haiti, suffer disproportionately from these occurrences and it's important we shed a light on the true climate risks these populations are experiencing and will continue to face. Though Haiti’s geographical ...

SOIL x Reel Video: What does water mean to you?

 This year on World Water Day, we were excited to collaborate with one of our incredible Give-Back Partners, Reel Paper. SOIL’s CEO and co-founder, Dr. Sasha Kramer, and board members, Johnny Cèlestin and Ingrid Henrys, sat down with members of the Reel team, including co-founder, Derin Oyekan, for an inspiring conversation on World Water Day. As organizations driven by the need for climate-positive and inclusive solutions to sanitation, World Water Day is especially important to us and the work that we do. SOIL began partnering with California-based brand, Reel Paper, early last year as a beneficiary of their socially impactful Give-Back ...

Debunking Urban Sanitation Myths

Around the globe, an estimated 4.5 billion people lack access to safely managed sanitation (UNICEF, 2018); meaning human waste goes untreated with the potential to contaminate precious water resources and the environment.  The magnitude of the sanitation crisis is extreme and exposure to untreated and poorly managed waste can have a devastating impact on public health and the environment.  In Haiti, a country where just 1% of all waste is safely treated, the lack of access to safely managed sanitation means far too many people die of preventable waterborne disease. Every day SOIL works to address the urgent necessity of dignified and reliable ...

Client Story: Meet Augulia Cemeran

SOIL client, Augulia Cemeran at 2020 World Toilet Day event. If you’re one of the 3.3 million people living in urban Haiti who does not have a toilet, you have very few options available to you. Haitian cities, like many rapidly growing urban areas globally, have no sewer system. Flush toilets are expensive and mostly unaffordable for impoverished households in that they require a costly septic tank, a steady supply of water, and are not always suitable for high water table areas. A more common option, pit latrines, are also expensive to construct, susceptible to flooding, and do not safely treat waste . To bridge the gap in accessible sanitation ...

A Vision for the Future: The Circular Economy Model

In 2006, SOIL began working to provide safe, dignified access to in-home sanitation in Haiti, through our EkoLakay toilet service. Since then, the situation in Haiti, and the world at large, has become increasingly complicated. The dread of climate change has become an indisputable reality, exacerbating preexisting vulnerabilities, including the global sanitation crisis. Both the impacts of climate change and the pressing need to find sustainable solutions that make our planet and people more resilient have helped to frame SOIL’s model. Since its founding, SOIL has sought to revolutionize the approach to sanitation by piloting a circular ...