We have a week-long theme centering around the topic of human waste.
Many of our interns have a personal interest in the subject, including
Economists would concede that providing sustainable infrastructure is a
sustainable way to bolster a developing nation's economy, so much so
that infrastructure is known in economics as "public capital."
Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods, or SOIL, is providing just
that for Haiti. After the devastating earthquake in 2010, fewer than 25%
of Haitians in cities were left with adequate sanitation facilities.
SOIL has developed a low-cost sanitation system that benefits Haiti's
economy, the environment, and agriculture. The EcoSan toilets are
sustainable, maintained by Haitians and turned into compost. The compost
is then a valuable commodity that can be used to grow crops such as
sorghum. Heineken has proposed to invest 40 million dollars in a
facility that uses the organic compost.
I am really interested in this! Providing infrastructure to a
developing economy is one of the only ways I know to provide a lasting
positive change in an economy.
This is the article:
This is SOIL, the company's website:
Bioenergy and Sustainability Society
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