138 results for tag: In Haiti


One Year and 100,000 Containers Later

Every month SOIL’s program directors document key metrics which allow SOIL to monitor and evaluate progress towards our strategic goals. One of the dozens of performance indicators we keep a close eye on is the number of containers that are collected from EkoLakay toilets and then dumped at one of SOIL’s waste treatment facilities. Tracking containers is a way for SOIL to know how much waste is removed from the urban communities where our sanitation service operates, waste that would otherwise go on to contaminate water and spread disease. It also helps our teams anticipate how much compost we’ll have for sale once the waste has been fully ...

New Paper Digs into Process Costs of SOIL’s Regenerative Sanitation Service

Photo: Tony Marcelli Urban sanitation interventions have historically focused on sewers or onsite sanitation options, such as pit latrines and septic tanks, but as cities are expanding at staggering rates, it’s increasingly clear that these traditional technologies are infeasible and unsafe in most urban environments. What’s also clear is that sustainability in our rapidly urbanizing world will require no less than a complete reconstruction of our cities. Instead of relying on systems that cause planetary harm, we’ll need to create ecologically regenerative infrastructure that provides needed services to urban residents while restoring a ...

Saving Water, Twenty Million Gallons at a Time

Two things we know to be true about SOIL’s crew: we’re data driven to our core and we’re really passionate about poop (or about finding innovative ways to transform it from something that wreaks havoc on the environment and public health into something that combats climate change and grows more food!) So, it won’t come to you as a surprise that our resident Composting Advisor Julie Jeliazovski decided to start tracking the number of times we were all using the restroom in SOIL’s office bathroom (aka our test lab!). She was hard at work crunching numbers to determine just how much water SOIL’s sanitation service is saving in Haiti when ...

Meet Leno, SOIL’s Lab Tech Extraordinaire

SOIL’s crew of 92 is composed of many different teams that are all working towards the same goal: developing a sustainable model for the affordable provision of safe sanitation in urban Haiti. I want to introduce you to one of SOIL’s small, but mighty ones: the lab tech team in Cap-Haitien. Ensuring Safety and Protecting the Environment What do they do? The lab team’s role is to analyze samples of waste and compost at different points in the waste treatment process to ensure our composting systems are functioning effectively and that our end product, Konpòs Lakay compost, is both free of pathogens and filled with of the nutrients needed ...

A Note from SOIL on the Recent Unrest in Haiti

SOIL's July Newsletter Dear friends, Again this month, we must depart from our traditional newsletter offerings. As many of you have likely seen, Haiti has been in the public eye this week as protests have gripped the capital city, Port-au-Prince, in response to a government announcement that prices for fuel would increase by nearly 50%, a move required by the International Monetary Fund as part of a reform program to unlock international donor support. For those of us who know and love Haiti, it is deeply disappointing to see the nation portrayed again and again as unstable and violent, with no context given as to the truth of Haiti's history, ...

EkoMobil: How SOIL Subsidizes Household Sanitation with a Port-a-Potty Business

Photo: Vic Hinterlang Should EkoMobil scale up? This question is one that we’ve been asking ourselves at SOIL for several years. At the end of our last fiscal year, SOIL had strategized to release EkoMobil into the market in the hopes that it would flourish as an independently operated social business in Haiti. But it becomes increasingly apparent that this young program actually brings in more revenue than EkoLakay with minimal marketing on SOIL’s part, so we thought it best to reconsider our next steps. What is EkoMobil? EkoMobil is SOIL’s affordable, high-quality, and ecologically beneficial portable toilet rental service that SOIL ...

SOIL Featured in New Book on Global Changemakers

Photo: Janae Lloyd In 2006, SOIL was founded in the hopes that, in developing a local solution to the sanitation crisis in Haiti, we could spark a sanitation revolution and create meaningful change on a global scale. Today, we're focused on refining our model and expanding our regenerative urban sanitation service, EkoLakay, across Haiti. How have we done it and what have we learned along the way? In the Business of Change: How Social Entrepreneurs are Disrupting Business as Usual, a new book by Elisa Birnbaum, shares answers to these questions and tells the tale of SOIL's work, alongside countless other movers and shakers from around the ...

SOIL Wins Lush Spring Prize for Regenerative Sanitation Solution

We’ve got big news. SOIL has won the 2018 Lush Spring Prize in recognition for the work we do in Haiti to build socially and environmentally regenerative solutions to the sanitation crisis. In 2006, SOIL was founded on a spark of inspiration - the idea that there is incredible power in some of the earth's most simple and fundamental processes, such the cycling and recycling of nutrients and elements like carbon and nitrogen; power that can be tapped to heal planet and people simultaneously. In the twelve years since that spark, SOIL has evolved into an enduring example of how, by letting ecological cycles lead, we can create systemic change for ...

Juno7: All About SOIL’s Organic Compost

SOIL's lush, organic compost, Konpòs Lakay, works to mitigates the impacts of climate change, rebuilds soil health, and helps farmers increase their yields in Haiti. As we produce more and more compost,  we've been excited to collaborate with Konsome Lokal, an organization working promote local Haitian products, to reach new markets and customers for the soil amendments. After attending one of their fair's featuring 100% local Haitian products last month, we sat down with Juno7 to talk all about our compost. Excerpts from the Interview: "SOIL works to create social business models that provide sanitation, treat waste, and produce compost. We hope ...

Racing Our Way to A Sustainable City-Wide Sanitation Service

Let’s call it the “fill your container challenge,” (which, let me assure you, is quite different from the ice bucket challenge. You would not want to dump these containers over your head). Over the past two months, 16 of SOIL's EkoLakay sales staff were competing as a part of two teams to see who could install the most toilets in Cap Haitien. Many of the staff who took part in the challenge were relatively new to the team and we wanted a fun way to train them in marketing and sales, while incentivizing new toilet installations. So, we devised the container competition, complete with Instagram-ready graphics, to show our progress! The ...