27 results for tag: EkoLakay


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, ...

New Security Beat: New Approach to Sanitation May Help Fast-Growing Urban Areas Achieve SDGs

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Sales Surge in Quartier Morin

At SOIL, we are constantly refining our strategy for operating our EkoLakay service, so that we can continue honing our service, increase efficiencies, and working towards the ideal model for a household sanitation service business in Haiti. Last year, the Cap-Haitien team decided to implement the "depot and local collection" model, where EkoLakay staff transport the full buckets of waste to centralized depots and/or pick-up points using modified wheelbarrows or three-wheel motorcycles, and the poop buckets are then transported from depots and pick-up points to SOIL’s composting facility. We currently rent depots in each of our major service ...

Record EkoLakay Installations

Last week, SOIL’s EkoLakay team installed a record 31 toilets in a single day. The majority of the toilets were installed in Quartier Morin, a neighborhood located on the national road between SOIL's waste treatment site and Cap-Haitien. We left the office in the morning planning to install 20 toilets in Quartier Morin, but as the installation team worked its way around the neighborhoods with a baskil full of toilets and installation materials, we attracted quite a bit of attention! "What is EkoLakay? How can I have one?" neighbors asked. The EkoLakay team is an all-star group of salespeople and hygiene promoters, and it didn’t take them ...

SOIL and Re.Source Co-Author Second Paper on Household Sanitation

Back in May we excitedly announced that we had co-authorized a paper with our collaborators at re.source sanitation (and you can check it out here). We now are pleased to say that the second paper from this collaboration has hit the press! As we started researching and planning our household sanitation service in Haiti, we became very aware of how little is known about user demand and perception for household ecological sanitation (EcoSan) services. Would our target customers even want these toilets? Would they be proud of them? Would they feel like they were modern or would they be put off by the new technology? What impact would these toilets ...

Geolocating SOIL Toilets


Moonshot Sanitation

Before I arrived in Haiti for my Sustainable Development Internship with SOIL, my friends and family sent me a series of articles about wastewater treatment technology and the latest research on sanitation in poor countries (watch Bill Gates drink a glass of water made from poop!). A friend compared the research and development happening to address the global sanitation crisis to a moonshot, an allusion to the U.S. Apollo moon landing mission, i.e. the intense application of resources to a big technical problem that needs to be solved in a short time-frame. Moonshot investment has resulted in a range of innovative “next-generation toilets” ...