4 results for tag: Urban Sanitation


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 ...