68 results for tag: sanitation


JOB OPENING: EkoLakay Chief Operating Officer (COO)

SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) has been working in Haiti to transform wastes into resources since 2006. We are committed to developing a sustainable  social Impact business model for our innovative household toilet service, EkoLakay, that provides access to safe, dignified sanitation for residents of dense urban communities in northern Haiti. Launched in 2011, the EkoLakay service in Cap-Haitien currently has over 800 clients that pay on a monthly basis for the service. SOIL and the EkoLakay team are planning to expand this service to 8000 clients for the year 2025. Job title: Chief Operating Officer (COO) Location: ...

Referral Bonuses or Toilet Paper?

As a non-profit research and development organization creating groundbreaking sanitation solutions in Haiti, SOIL gathers data like it's our job (it is!). We closely track feedback from familys using EkoLakay's service and a wide variety of other impact metrics that help us evaluate SOIL's work such as the quantity of waste treated or the amount of compost sold. Not only does this allow SOIL to stimulate our own learning to assess the success of our efforts and support global replication, but it also helps us continue to innovate and refine our model. For many non-profits and social enterprises, developing systems that enable data-informed ...

All Under One Roof

We’re moving! Since 2013, SOIL’s Cap-Haïtien team has operated out of an office we built from the ground up on a beautiful piece of land just down the road from our composting waste treatment facilities. Over the past six years, this space has served as a wonderful home for SOIL’s work as we have implemented and refined our ecological sanitation service EkoLakay. Here's where SOIL's teams have been working in northern Haiti since 2013 Now, as we embark on a journey to expand the reach of EkoLakay, SOIL came to realize that it was time to say goodbye to our office in Limonade. Why? We determined that moving offices would allow us to ...

RFI talks Public Health with SOIL

What impact does environmental degradation have on public health in Haiti? Last month, SOIL's Port-au-Prince EkoLakay Director, Beverly Pierre, had the opportunity to answer that question on one of the world's most widely broadcast radio stations, Radio France Internationale (RFI). Joining other advocates and practitioners in the public health field, Beverly explains to listeners how SOIL is working to transform a public health crisis in Haiti into an environmental solution with each EkoLakay toilet we operate and every pound of agricultural compost we produce. Beverly also discusses the impact she sees that the intersecting environmental and ...

February Newsletter: An Update from Haiti

To sign up to receive an update from SOIL's teams in Haiti directly in your inbox each month, click here to join the list. Dear friends,This month, I felt it would be irresponsible not to directly address the challenging situation that is ongoing in Haiti. As some of you may have heard, the entire country has been on lockdown for the past six days as demonstrators take to the streets in a growing movement demanding the resignation of the president, justice for those accused of embezzling billions in development funds, and a solution to the economic crisis that is gripping the country. So far the government has remained silent, and there is an ...

Refining SOIL’s Path to Financial Sustainability

SOIL is hard at work to refine our household ecological sanitation service, EkoLakay, so that we have a strong foundation as we grow to reach 15% of Cap-Haitien’s urban population with safely managed sanitation by 2025.  As a part of these efforts, SOIL had the honor of hosting Peter Townsley in Cap-Haitien for a month late last year. Peter is the former CEO of a fellow Container-Based Sanitation Alliance (CBSA) member, Clean Team in Ghana, and he was instrumental in transforming their sanitation business into rapidly growing enterprise on a clear pathway towards financial sustainability. Although SOIL faces different challenges as we develop our ...

Showcasing Possibility at COP24

Earlier this month, SOIL was honored to receive the United Nations' Momentum for Change Award in Planetary Health at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Momentum for Change honors innovative and transformative solutions that address both climate change and wider economic, social and environmental challenges. Recognized as a Lighthouse Activity, SOIL’s work is honored for being a practical, scalable and replicable example of a groundbreaking intervention to tackle climate change. Check out this video showcasing the Planetary Health award winners (narrated by Sir David Attenborough!): Planetary Health: Narrated Sir David Attenborough from Momentum ...

Eight Years of Cholera is Eight Years Too Many

Photo: Monica Wise A cholera epidemic began in Haiti in October 2010 and continues to sicken and kill people through the country to this day. How did this happen and what can be done to stop it? One of the Largest Outbreaks in Modern History Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium vibrio cholerae. Although cholera is an easily treatable disease, rapid access to treatment is essential as people can die within hours if it’s left untreated. Cholera did not exist in Haiti before 2010. Shortly after the earthquake, the United Nations brought in a group of peacekeepers from ...

Get to know SOIL: A Conversation with EkoLakay’s Merlande Charles

SOIL’s team of over 70 works hard day in and day out to run and expand our life-saving, earth-restoring sanitation service in urban Haiti. One of the irreplaceable members of SOIL’s Northern Haiti office, which serves Haiti’s second largest city, Cap-Haitien, is Merlande Charles. Merlande, who has worked for SOIL for over six years, now works as the office’s administrative assistant in the newly opened EkoLakay depot. Get to know more about Merlande, how her work helps to ensure SOIL’s sanitation service EkoLakay operates smoothly, and why she's passionate about safe sanitation in an interview conducted by SOIL’s Program Advisor Oliviero ...

On Climate Change Mitigation: SOIL Research Updates

As the devastating impacts of climate change continue to mount around us, especially in vulnerable frontline communities like the ones SOIL serves in Haiti, we’re more motivated than ever to grow SOIL’s climate-positive sanitation solution, which transforms a public health crisis facing cities around the world into a restorative solution for the planet. Visit this page to learn about how SOIL's regenerative sanitation service helps communities adapt to the impacts of climate change. On Mitigation: During the ecological composting process, the microbial revolution that takes place in the compost bin eliminates harmful pathogens and transforms ...