Only 34% of families living in urban Haiti have access to improved sanitation. As a result, Haiti has the highest rate of childhood diarrhea in the world. As water sources are polluted from human waste, soil nutrients are declining rapidly, contributing to malnutrition. In Haiti, the cycle of poor sanitation, environmental degradation, and poverty are devastating for communities and the environment alike.
SOIL's lifesaving sanitation service is tackling one of the world's toughest challenges with a groundbreaking environmental solution. SOIL provides families in Haiti with household toilets, waste collection, and safe treatment and transformation of wastes into agricultural-grade compost. Our solution is demonstrating that it is possible to simultaneously restore soil health, save water, create jobs, stop the spread of disease, grow more food, and mitigate climate change.
Toilet Manufacture– SOIL’s toilet is manufactured in Haiti by local contractors, many of whom are women.
Toilet Installation– New customers to SOIL’s sanitation service receive a composting toilet and customer education on the topics of hygiene, how to use and maintain the toilet, and how to use the service.
Toilet Servicing– SOIL Collectors visit customers weekly to deliver sanitized empty containers and carbon cover material that serves as the “flush” in the dry toilets, and take the full containers of waste to a transfer station where they are then transported to SOIL’s waste treatment facility.
Container Emptying– The waste is emptied into compost bins and covered with sugarcane bagasse. The containers are then washed with a chlorine solution and returned for reuse in our service.
Treatment & Transformation– The composting process uses the power of ecological processes rather than energy to safely treat waste. After a treatment period of six to nine months,the compost is tested for pathogens, sieved and bagged for sale.
Compost Application– Unlike chemical fertilizers, SOIL’s compost restores soil structure to increase yields year-after-year, improves drought tolerance, and increases root growth for long-term plant health and soil carbon sequestration.
|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||48,000|
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