15 results for tag: ecosan compost


New Beginnings: SOIL’s New Compost Site in Port-au-Prince

Regular readers of SOIL's blog may remember that we committed to transforming our composting site at the municipal waste dump in Truitier into a green oasis. Just over one year after starting operations in Truitier, we had made significant progress on this transformation and updated all of you with the blog:  Transforming Truitier. Since then, the trees have continued to grow and hundreds of butterflies have taken up residence in the site, creating a beautiful oasis within the municipal dump site. Scenes from SOIL's green compost side in the Port-au-Prince city dump The larger Truitier municipal waste site, however, has continued to ...

Le Nouvelliste: Des toilettes aux assiettes: Et si nous passions à des solutions alternatives pour l’assainissement?


The POOP Project: You’re Tuned to CBS: SOIL’s Sasha Kramer, Kory Russel and Container Based Sanitation


Challenges News: Quand ong et secteur privé sont partenaires


SOIL Partners with St. Barnabas Agricultural College

St. Barnabas Agricultural College (CASB) is an institution with a vision to provide sustainable agricultural services to Haiti’s Northern region, and the school is using both SOIL’s EkoMobil mobile toilets and compost, Konpòs Lakay, to help achieve that goal! The two-year agriculture technician program is expanding: they are currently constructing new academic facilities and bringing unused plots of land back into agricultural production. The school hopes to have irrigated orchards and crops, aquaponics, an animal husbandry facility, and community gardens where CASB students and neighbors will be able to grow their own food and sell what they ...

SOIL Board Visits Haiti

The SOIL Board of Directors visited Haiti in late March - one of our Board members shared his thoughts and impressions with us. We found his words incredibly moving, and wanted to share them with all of our friends and supporters, as well. Haiti is uniquely beautiful and compelling, and we believe this story will touch your hearts as it has ours.  A 3-year girl saunters in. An older friend, sister, or cousin pulls her back as she approaches the SOIL Board members, who are visiting neighborhoods in Cap-Haitien where people use SOIL household and community composting toilets. The Board makes for a curious sight. Madame Bwa - a longtime SOIL ...

My Favorite Time of Year

We’ve been gearing up all week for the celebration of Haiti's Labor and Agriculture Day, which falls every year on the first of May. As two-thirds of Haitians farm, this holiday highlights the significance of agriculture to the structure of life here. It is one of my favorite times of the year here in Haiti, as across the country people celebrate the bounty of the land and the rich diversity of crops grown here. The street markets in Haiti teem with a range of delicacies: some unique to Haiti, such as the small black mushroom known as “Djon Djon,” some that are regional specialties, such as cashew nuts grown in the north, and some of which show ...

Food Tank: Food Hero: Sasha Kramer, How SOIL Works at the Nexus of Human Rights and Ecology

By Sasha Kramer, in Food Tank, March 16, 2014 Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) is an organization based in Haiti that was founded in 2006 with a mission of ensuring nutrients for all through the transformation of wastes into resources, or more precisely by turning poop into soil.  We believe that the key to equitable access to nutrients, in a world filled with inequality, is to empower communities to harness the power of ecological processes to transform a dangerous pollutant into a valuable resource. SOIL was founded on the philosophy of liberation ecology: every human being has the right to health and happiness and waste does ...

Soil Nutrient Lab Test Results

With help from our friends at the Instituto Tecnológico San Ignacio de Loyola (ITESIL) in the Dominican Republic, we are now able to look at our farm’s soils in quantifiable terms nutrient-wise! We were even able to compare the soil results to a SOIL compost sample and found that organic matter, phosphorus, and potassium are all significantly higher in the compost. This illuminates the possibilities of how compost applications could help ameliorate nutrient deficiencies in Haitian soils. If you’re curious, take a look at the printout below. These results not only give us a better idea of our land conditions specific to the area, they are being ...

EcoSan Training at SOIL's Composting Site in Trutier

At SOIL, we value education and information sharing because one of our ultimate goals is to assist in spreading EcoSan technology throughout Haiti. We dream of seeing a toilet in every home, and EcoSan for all. Yesterday at our site in Trutier, we were happy to share some of our experiences in EcoSan with a group of 22 people living in Croix-des-Bouquets (just north of Port-au-Prince). The group, made up primarily of farmers, came out for the training session to learn about the differences between SOIL's centralized composting methods, based on a drum based waste collection system, and more permanent double vault toilets. Each of the 22 participa...