9 results for tag: Urban Sanitation


Digital Tools & Sanitation: SOIL Featured in GSMA

 EkoLakay workers using digital tools for collection  SOIL is working hard to transform the global sanitation crisis, and we know that it is going to take innovative solutions to provide safe and dignified sanitation options to those that are without. Throughout the years we have been working in Haiti, SOIL has demonstrated the ability to innovate and refine our model to meet the needs of vulnerable communities, while facing political, social, and environmental instability. This year alone, we’ve piloted multiple improvements to operational efficiency to optimize our service and increase customer satisfaction. One of our most successful innovat...

Creating Greater Impact Together: Interview with DINEPA’s Jude Fanfan

Every day SOIL works to empower the communities we serve and close the inequality gap in vulnerable and low-resource populations. We’re focused on helping to build resilient systems for basic service provision through dignified, affordable and accessible sanitation service. Over the course of this year, we’ve focused on improving the efficiency of the service through cost reductions and piloting improvements in our composting waste treatment process. Our goal is to provide a sustainable household sanitation service of the highest quality that meets the needs of the most vulnerable populations.   We believe that one of the best ways to improve ...

World Toilet Day: Valuing Container-based Sanitation

SOIL team installing EkoLakay toilet for client in Cap-Haitien.  In celebration of World Toilet Day, we wanted to dive into this year’s theme: Valuing Toilets, and take a look at how container-based toilets can play a catalytic role in expanding access to sanitation and the myriad of positive benefits they can bring to a community. SOIL launched the first container-based toilet in 2006 in Haiti, and since then a number of organizations around the world have launched their own container-based toilet services to address the lack of access to improved sanitation and meet the needs of vulnerable populations.   What is container-based sanitation? ...

New Research on Container-based Sanitation Models Published in H2Open Journal

Traditional sanitation models – flush toilets – require a reliable water source and sewage infrastructure, both of which can be cost prohibitive and infeasible to build in urban settlements with contested land tenure. The usual alternatives, like pit latrines and septic tanks, are also infeasible or unsafe in many urban areas due to space limitations, high water tables, and population density. With the population of urban areas set to double by 2050 and one in three people still lacking access to a toilet worldwide, interest in container-based sanitation models (CBS) as a viable sanitation alternative for cities is rapidly growing. Containe...

How Rapid Urbanization in Haiti can overburden fragile systems

Photo courtesy of Tony Marcelli Every October, UN-Habitat and partners organize a month of activities, events and discussions on urban sustainability. Urban October sheds light on the immense impact that cities have on the present and future sustainability of our planet. As more and more people around the world migrate to cities, it has become even more important to create sustainable, carbon-neutral, inclusive cities and towns. According to the UN, currently more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas and by 2050 approximately 70% of the population is expected to live in urban areas. With more than 80% of global GDP coming from ...

SOIL’s Public Toilets Provide Safe Sanitation to Cap-Haitien Market

SOIL's public toilets in Cap-Haitien market In addition to SOIL’s household sanitation service, over this past year - in response to the COVID-19 pandemic - we’ve partnered with local authorities to provide safe sanitation access to public areas around Cap-Haitien, including public toilets at the very busy central market.  Responding to the pandemic in communities with low-resources is complex, particularly when it comes to shared public facilities. However, it is evident that not having access to any sanitation option can be more harmful for spreading infectious disease and potentially contaminating scarce water resources. SOIL is proud to ...

SOIL Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, Interviewed by CNN International

In 2019, SOIL was awarded the Innovation Impact Grant by Expo Live, an innovation and partnership program launched by Expo 2020 Dubai. The award was granted to SOIL in recognition of our sustainable social enterprise solution to sanitation in Haiti. SOIL was honored to accept this award to provide support for our social enterprise model and solution to improve lives while preserving our planet. As part of this incredible effort put forth by Expo 2020 Dubai, to highlight and showcase the over 200 organizations participating in the Expo throughout the year (due to COVID-19, activities were moved to 2021/22), SOIL was also chosen to be featured in ...

Debunking Urban Sanitation Myths

Around the globe, an estimated 4.5 billion people lack access to safely managed sanitation (UNICEF, 2018); meaning human waste goes untreated with the potential to contaminate precious water resources and the environment.  The magnitude of the sanitation crisis is extreme and exposure to untreated and poorly managed waste can have a devastating impact on public health and the environment.  In Haiti, a country where just 1% of all waste is safely treated, the lack of access to safely managed sanitation means far too many people die of preventable waterborne disease. Every day SOIL works to address the urgent necessity of dignified and reliable ...

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

Photo: Vic Hinterlang By Shannon Smith and Leah Page Jean 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 ...