23 results for tag: Social business


Increasing Frugality in an Already Frugal Organization

It’s only May, but SOIL is already planning out the strategy for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, which starts August 1st. As the Marketing and Sales Advisor in SOIL, I’ve been involved in the strategy planning for EkoLakay (SOIL’s household toilet service), EkoMobil (SOIL’s mobile toilet service), and SOIL’s waste treatment and compost production. It’s been exciting to see our team’s progress from the past two years that I’ve been participating in these strategy planning meetings. A new customer on SOIL's growing EkoLakay service, April 2017. The biggest difference is this year’s unanimous focus on business principles that will ...

An Optimal Flush

Faithful readers of the SOIL blog will know that we spend a lot of time thinking about cover material at SOIL. Cover material is basically the “flush” that keeps the toilet from getting gross as covering the waste with some kind of dry material prevents it from smelling and deters flies from visiting. Here at SOIL, we call it bonzodè (pronounced bon-zo-deh, literally “good smell” in Haitian Creole), and it’s a crucial piece of the SOIL business model. With thousands of customers each using a handful every time they poo in a SOIL toilet, we need a whole lot of it – and our demand will only increase as SOIL expands its services. J...

Impact Design Hub: 40 Under 40

We are incredibly proud to share that SOIL Executive Director Dr. Sasha Kramer has been named one of Impact Design Hub's 40 under 40 in recognition of her incredible contributions to the public sector. Impact Design Hub’s 40 under 40 recognizes some of the brightest young minds at work designing for social good across four categories: Public, Academic, Environmental Design, and Products & Service. This year's group of honorees represents "a starting point for understanding the breadth and depth of where impact design stands today, and it represents living indicators of where the field is heading tomorrow. These 40 young leaders — through ...

SOIL Enters the Cloud

Over the past few months you may have heard that SOIL is going mobile. We have been so excited to implement a new system for managing customer data - this is a huge step for SOIL in refining our EkoLakay household toilet service and ensuring we are able to significantly increase the number of customers we serve without compromising the quality of our service. SOIL’s Systems Director, Erica Lloyd, is the mastermind hard at work behind the scenes designing and implementing our new data system using TaroWorks, an Android mobile app, and Salesforce, a business database, to build a system that can collect and manage customer contact information, ...

SOIL Haiti at World Water Week 2016

Thanks to support from the Inter American Development Bank, SOIL's Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, presented findings from SOIL's EkoLakay social business at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden in August. World Water Week is an annual event that convenes practitioners, experts, and innovators to share ideas, network, and develop new solutions. SOIL's work was featured as part of a panel discussion on water and sanitation as a business. You can watch Sasha's full talk on the livestream of the panel below. World Water Week: Eye on Latin America and the Caribbean: Water and Sanitation as a Business: Constraints-Opportunities, Tuesday, August ...

SOIL’s Executive Director Awarded Ashoka Changemaker Fellowship

We are so proud to announce that SOIL's Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, was selected as an Ashoka Fellow. Ashoka Fellows are "pattern-changing social innovators" and "high-impact entrepreneurs" who are selected based on their creative solutions to the world's biggest social challenges. Sasha was selected for her work at SOIL building affordable, ecological, and sustainable solutions to the global sanitation crisis. With this award, Sasha joins a network of 3,000 Ashoka Fellows around the world working towards positive change. It's a huge honor for SOIL and for Sasha and we're incredibly grateful to our friends around the world who have ...

Stanford Webinar: Container Based Sanitation Solutions

As the population of urban slums around the world expands, so does the risk of public health catastrophes associated with poor sanitation. Learn more about the role container-based sanitation (CBS) can play in areas without conventional household toilets or sewage systems at a webinar organized by the Water, Health and Development Program at Stanford University. A panel of experts working in Haiti, Kenya and Ghana discuss their experiences and findings on this innovative approach to safely managing human waste, including recent studies showing residents of low-income communities are willing to pay for subscription CBS services. The webinar introduces ...

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 ...

Toilet Design Update – EkoMobil!

Construction has been booming in northern Haiti along the corridor between Cap-Haitien and Ouanaminthe where the SOIL Cap-Haitien office and waste treatment site are located. The construction sites are managed by a combination of domestic and foreign companies and non-governmental organizations, and they are providing jobs to hundreds of Haitians. All of these people have to poop somewhere! SOIL is perfectly positioned, both geographically and strategically, to meet the demand for the short-term sanitation access required at these construction sites. SOIL's EkoMobil rental sanitation service is ecological, economical, and experienced in providing ...

Learning how to serve

This October, the Cap-Haitien SOIL staff participated in a three-day business training course hosted by Partners Worldwide. Two days of the training were dedicated to enhancing our management staff’s knowledge of basic business principles, such as calculating the price per unit of sale, negotiating price points, and reaching profitability. The last day was a customer service and marketing training for all of our service staff, which includes anyone who comes into contact with clients, from the receptionist to the office management to the bucket collection team. Brunel Louis, the business trainer, was a huge hit. Not only is he knowledgeable and ...