The mission of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) is to promote dignity, health, and sustainable livelihoods through the transformation of wastes into resources. We achieve this through developing social business models around ecological sanitation (EcoSan), a process in which nutrients from human wastes return to the soil rather than polluting fresh water resources.
- Safe, dignified, sustainable sanitation that is accessible to all Haitians – and all those living in impoverished communities around the world
- An environment that is restored to its life-giving potential
- People that are empowered to transform wastes into productive resources for our world.
OUR METHOD: ECOLOGICAL SANITATION
OUR PHILOSOPHY: LIBERATION ECOLOGY AND LIVELIHOOD CREATION
SOIL is driven by a philosophy called Liberation Ecology. Influenced by both the liberation theology movement and ecological theory, Liberation Ecology recognizes that the most threatened and marginalized human beings will generally be found living in similarly threatened ecosystems. SOIL seeks to empower the marginalized and oppressed, equipping them to restore their environments by transforming dangerous pollutants into valuable resources. (Read more about Liberation Ecology here.)
SOIL puts this philosophy to action through livelihood creation in the sanitation sector. Our social business models follow the EcoSan cycle, creating jobs along the way that ensure our impact is truly lasting. From the construction of EkoLakay and EkoMobil toilets, to selling compost, to harvesting more crops, we are creating new value chains that are far-reaching and supportive of life’s most crucial daily necessities.
SOIL has been working to promote dignity, health, and sustainable livelihoods in Haiti since 2006. Please check out our History page to learn more!