History

2006

Sasha Kramer and Sarah Brownell co-found SOIL. They build the first composting toilet in Haiti, in the northern town of Milot.

2009

SOIL builds the first waste treatment facility in Haiti – a composting waste treatment site in northern Haiti. The facility processes waste from SOIL’s public toilets in several communities around the northern city of Cap-Haitien.

2010

On January 12th, Haiti is rocked by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake. A team from SOIL travels to Port-au-Prince to help with the emergency relief effort.

SOIL’s subsequent emergency sanitation program earns international recognition for being a safe, cost-effective, user-approved, environmentally-friendly emergency sanitation response.

2011

SOIL celebrates the first sale of EcoSan compost in Haiti. SOIL’s first customer, the Parc Izmery Camp Committee, purchases compost (that they helped to produce in their emergency toilets!) to transform the park from a tent camp back into a soccer field.

SOIL publishes The SOIL Guide to EcoSan to help people around the world replicate SOIL’s successes.

2012

SOIL launches a household toilet social business pilot to create a sustainable model for providing sanitation services in the world’s most impoverished communities.

SOIL wins first prize in the Land for Life Award, using the award to expand our experimental farm and research center in northern Haiti.

2013

SOIL makes a historic sale of EcoSan compost to Brana, the Haitian Heineken subsidiary, which plans to distribute the compost to local growers.

SOIL wins the People’s Choice Award in the Nature Conservancy recognizing SOIL’s use of EcoSan technology to help vulnerable communities reduce environmental risk and adapt to climate change.

2014

SOIL Executive Director Sasha Kramer is named a Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year for SOIL’s groundbreaking work to develop a sustainable sanitation model in Haiti.

2015

SOIL’s EkoLakay household toilet social business expands to Port-au-Prince to meet the increasing demand for affordable, sustainable sanitation services.

SOIL sells out of compost!

SOIL opens a new lab in Port-au-Prince.

2016

SOIL opens a new composting site in Port-au-Prince.

Sasha Kramer, SOIL’s Executive Director, is selected as an Ashoka Fellow.

SOIL responds directly to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew.

SOIL wins the Energy Globe Award for Haiti.

SOIL celebrates its ten year anniversary.

2017

EkoLakay reaches 1,000 customers in Haiti!

Research indicates SOIL’s compost is often more effective than chemical fertilizer counterparts on core crops in Haiti.

SOIL nearly doubles waste treatment operations in one year and breaks ground on composting site expansion project in Cap-Haitien.

Sasha Kramer and SOIL win the 2017 Sarphati Sanitation Lifetime Achievement Award.

Customer satisfaction survey shows that over 90% of EkoLakay users report the sanitation services is affordable and has improved the health and safety of their families.

2018

SOIL is selected as a finalist for the ReSource Award.

SOIL builds a depot to streamline operations in northern Haiti.

In recognition of our environmental and social regeneration work in Haiti, SOIL wins the 2018 Lush Spring Prize.

SOIL hits a new milestone, treating over 100,000 containers of waste throughout the fiscal year.

SOIL Co-Founders Dr. Sasha Kramer and Sarah Brownell meeting with a woman in a northern Haiti community. Photo credit: Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

SOIL Co-Founders Dr. Sasha Kramer and Sarah Brownell meeting with a woman in northern Haiti. Photo credit: Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

 

Children in the Nazon community of Port-au-Prince on the steps of a SOIL emergency toilet.

Children in the Nazon community of Port-au-Prince on the steps of a SOIL emergency toilet.

 

SOIL's household sanitation social business, EkoLakay, is changing how urban sanitation is provided in Haiti and globally.

SOIL’s household sanitation social business, EkoLakay, has received international recognition for being an affordable, sustainable solution to the urban sanitation crisis.

 

SOIL's rich, organic compost is rebuilding Haiti's soil.

SOIL’s rich, organic compost is rebuilding Haiti’s soil.

 

SOIL’s 84 staff are united by a passion for promoting dignity, health, and sustainable development in Haiti.

SOIL’s growing staff is united by a passion for promoting dignity, health, and sustainable development in Haiti.

 

SOIL's container-based toilets were intentionally designed to be resilient to droughts and flooding. Photo: National Geographic.

SOIL’s container-based toilets were intentionally designed to be resilient to droughts and flooding. Photo: National Geographic.

 

SOIL's full cycle sanitation service is one of the few global interventions that complies with the updated SDG for sanitation.

SOIL’s full cycle sanitation service is one of the few global interventions that complies with the updated SDG for sanitation.