Sasha Kramer of Soil will receive the Sarphati Sanitation Award 2017

The jury of the Sarphati Sanitation Awards has decided to honor Sasha Kramer, co-founder of SOIL, the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding work to provide sustainable sanitation services in Haiti.

Sasha developed EcoSan latrines that store human waste in removable 15-gallon drums for composting. This compost can be used to make soil more healthier and improve the livelihood of many people that depend on small scale farming. Maybe everyone’s toilet should have such a modified pit latrine, Kramer once said.

The mission of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) is to promote dignity, health, and sustainable livelihoods through the transformation of wastes into resources. They achieve this through developing social business models around ecological sanitation (EcoSan), a process in which nutrients from human waste return to the soil rather than polluting fresh water resources.

Their vision:

  • 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.

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