4 results for tag: reforestation


Growing 250,000 Trees

Though there’s ongoing debate about the extent and proximate cause of the challenge, what is clear is that Haiti’s mountainsides are deforested to dangerous levels and the country’s farmers struggle to produce enough to feed its people, in part due to depleted soils. As a result, most of Haiti relies on expensive imported foods, a factor which contributes to a cycle of poverty for both the country’s farmers and its people.  This drives us at SOIL. And it’s why we work tirelessly to treat and transform waste into high-quality organic fertilizer, branded locally as Konpòs Lakay. Our compost is loaded with all of the nutrients needed for ...

How SOIL’s Toilets are Tackling the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Photo: Bernard Cherelus At SOIL we believe that having access to a toilet is a basic human right. Having access to a toilet provides a feeling of dignity. Household toilets increase safety for women and girls and they are critical for preventing waterborne diseases. Because of lack of access to toilets, clean water, and hygiene services, diarrhea kills 2,195 children every day around the world—more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Sadly, it is estimated that only 34% of urban Haitians have access to improved sanitation facilities and less than 1% of human waste in Haiti is safely treated. This sanitation crisis is mirrored on a global ...

Trees, Water & People: Guest Blog: SOIL and TWP Work Together to Plant Trees in Haiti

This article is reposted from an original guest blog post on Trees, Water & People on September 30, 2013. It’s been quite a year so far for SOIL! Among our many activities, we’re currently building a new office for our Cap-Haitien team in order to be closer to the SOIL farm and to reduce our long-term operating costs, we’re continuing to scale up our innovative new social business model for providing affordable sanitation services in Haiti’s most impoverished urban communities, and we’re transforming over 20,000 gallons of human waste every month into rich, organic compost critical for agriculture and reforestation. We sell some of ...

"Closing the Loop, Transforming the Poop"

SOIL has launched a campaign with Trees Water People to plant 10,000 trees in Haiti in the coming year with SOIL's own humanure compost. This project is part of our EcoSan initiative to not only collect and treat human waste, but to reincorporate it back into the earth, increasing productivity with more nutrients. Our tree nursery is already underway with thousands of seedlings, but we envision growing even more trees while also fostering deeper relationships with the surrounding communities and local organizations. The SOIL nursery is in a rural area where most of the people work in agriculture and a majority of the trees we are growing will produce ...