10 results for tag: women


Happy International Women’s Day!

On March 8th we celebrate International Women’s Day! This day serves as a rallying call for gender equality and women’s rights around the world, and urges all of us to advocate for the  empowerment of all women and girls. We live in a world where women earn 23% less than men globally, and where nearly 60% of women around the world work in the informal economy - earning less, saving less and at greater risk of falling into poverty. Gender equality is central to all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and SDG 6, Clean Water and Sanitation, is no exception. According to the UN: “women and girls play a central role in the provision, ...

May Newsletter: Honoring Mothers Amidst COVID

photo credit: Vic Hinterlang Read SOIL's May newsletter below. To receive stories like these directly in your inbox each month, click here to sign up for our mailing list. Dear friends, This month at SOIL, we are feeling a profound appreciation for mothers. As we celebrate Mother’s Day in the US and as Mother’s Day approaches in Haiti, we are reminded anew of the incredible power mothers can have to impact the lives of their families and their communities. It is often mothers who make decisions about health, sanitation, and hygiene in their homes and for their families; we are proud to provide a service like EkoLakay that can help keep ...

Meet Nazulia and Georgette

At SOIL, we strive to keep women’s voices at the forefront of our work. Historically, SOIL’s leadership has skewed heavily female, and we continue to work hard to ensure that women are represented throughout our entire organization, too. We want to introduce you to two of the women who work hard every day to help keep SOIL’s composting waste treatment operations running smoothly in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Nazulia and Georgette both feel strongly that there isn’t a job in the world that a woman couldn’t do. So long as someone is able to work, they believe gender should not be a professional barrier. We agree, and are committed to working ...

Women in WASH: Meet SOIL Research Partners

Though the stories often go untold, women have changed the trajectory of global history through their contributions to the field of science and technology.  As a women-led organization working to pioneer innovative ecological solutions to a tough global challenge, we are inspired by the legacy of women, both in the WASH sector and in STEM more broadly, who have come before us. We are also inspired daily by the incredible women who make up our team, either as full-time staff or as partners on research projects, whose ability to dream big and think boldly pushes SOIL further. This summer SOIL had a variety of exciting studies underway, all of ...

A Cohort of Social Enterprises Building a Sustainable Future

SOIL is proud to be participating in the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) at Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. GSBI works with social entrepreneurs from around the world on their business plan, financial model, and growth plan. We’re honored to join an accomplished cohort of social entrepreneurs in this six-month online course as we work to formalize SOIL's five year strategy plan for growth and financial sustainability. GSBI introduces SOIL and other members of their new women's economic empowerment affinity group for women-led social enterprises in this new article. How did SOIL and our ...

A Safer Sanitation Solution for Women and Girls

Photo: Rodrigo Ordonez Since 2006, SOIL has worked tirelessly to bring our holistic ecological sanitation solution to life in Haiti. Thanks to the support of our friends and partners, we are demonstrating that it’s possible to provide safe, dignified and affordable sanitation services to resource poor urban communities.  Increased Access, Improved Safety By offering families household toilets, which provide a sense of pride as well as increased safety and security, SOIL is working to combat gender-based violence. One in three women between the ages of 15 and 49 have experienced physical or sexual violence and finding ways to mitigate and ...

USAID: When Women Do Better, Countries Do Better

SOIL's co-founder and Executive Director Sasha Kramer had the opportunity to join in on a USAID Q&A series on women entrepreneurs who are taking on some of the word's most pressing problems. In the interview, Sasha shared the story of SOIL's development, her personal journey as an entrepreneur, and advice she has to share with girls who dream of becoming entrepreneurs themselves. From the Interview: "I traveled to Haiti in 2004 in the wake of a coup as a human rights observer, never dreaming that nearly 15 years later I would still be living and working in a country that I love so dearly and have devoted myself to. As I came to know Haiti and ...

Empowering women. Period.

All around the world, women and girls face a monthly reality: menstruation. Periods are often taboo, something shameful, to be hidden away and never mentioned. Certainly menstruation is often considered a women-only topic – we ask each other for help if we’re in a tight spot and have forgotten a pad or tampon, we talk in coded language about cramps, irritation, and other inconveniences we tend to bear in silence each month. It is truly unfortunate that menstruation is still considered a shameful and unacceptable topic in most places. And for many women silence is just one of many challenges they face each month. In countries where access to ...

Katy the Carpenter Making it Happen

Katy Miliane laughed when I asked if her two-women toilet manufacturing cooperative had a name. “No,” she said, “this is just something that I do.” And she does it well, winning multiple construction bids from SOIL and producing over 80 ecological sanitation (EcoSan) ferrocement toilets in the past year. Last year, SOIL’s Cap-Haitien Technical Director Josaphat Augustin invited women from the nearby towns of Dubout and Limonade to participate in a two-week toilet construction training course. After the course, Katy and her partner Rosie were ready to start their business – even though it doesn’t have a name (yet!). Katy is proud of ...

Women in the World: "Saving Lives with Smart Toilets in Haiti"

Published January 9, 2013 for the Women in the World Foundation. By Sam Ritholtz The third anniversary of the cataclysmic Haiti earthquake—a monster that registered 7.0 on the Richter scale, killed 300,000 people and displaced more than 1 million—is coming up on January 12 and with it will come a fresh slew of media stories about the miserable state of Haiti today and its failed reconstruction efforts. That makes Sasha Kramer mad. "People around the world will be throwing up their hands and saying, ‘Haiti again! Will they ever get their lives together!’' says Dr. Kramer (pictured above), an ecologist and head of a Port-au-Prince-based ...