Grind Away!

SOIL needs a new grinder so that we can increase our production of bonzodè

We start from the supposition that access to improved sanitation is a fundamental human right and SOIL is dedicated to improving the lives of as many people as we can with our toilets and sanitation service.

During this difficult time in Haiti, it is even more vital that we continue to expand basic services to reach more vulnerable households. As with any service, with growth comes additional supply needs to accommodate demand. In the case of SOIL’s service, this includes an additional need to increase our production of bonzodè, the carbon cover material that serves as the “flush” in SOIL’s waterless toilets. SOIL’s bonzodè is made by shredding the husks of sugarcane (a local waste product of factories that use sugarcane to produce alcohol) into a finer product for household toilet use that serves to begin the composting process and neutralize odors. Our current grinder equipment that is used to break down the sugarcane, has reached production capacity–limiting our ability to bring more households on to the service until we are able to produce significantly more bonzodè material with larger equipment.

We are thrilled that we are reaching new levels of growth, but we need your help! Help us purchase a larger and more efficient grinder that will increase our capacity to process sugarcane and make it possible to keep up with the increasing demand for our EkoLakay toilets and service.