Haiti has on-going issues with sanitation and a clean water supply that was exacerbated by the earthquake and introduction of cholera to the country in 2010. Medium.com sent Chris Buck to Cap-Haitien, Haiti to shoot photos for a story on one promising solution: the SOIL ecological toilet.
This photo illustration: On the seaside boulevard in central Cap-Haitien, a woman depicts a typical open defecation situation: early dawn and near the water, where one might find some privacy.
A young woman exits a SOIL public toilet in the impoverished community of Shada, Cap-Haitien.
Marline Jean with five of her children on the roof of their home, where their SOIL toilet is located inside of refurbished porta potty. Marline lives in the neighborhood of Avyasyon in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
A cat atop a compost bin at SOIL’s Mouchinette treatment center, Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
Marline Jean, with her youngest son, who’s shirt succinctly communicates a common Haitian sentiment to foreign shutter-bugs.
The compost team at SOIL’s waste treatment center, Mouchinette. Clockwise from top left: Jean Delinoit (sitting on compost bin) Johny Michel (bottom left), Andre Vedrine, Joasil Lucny, Wylio Jean Jaques. Wilfred Pierre, Dorat Jean (right).
Mouchinette receives 25 metric tons of waste per month. This team, with the help of thermophilic composting, turns it into agricultural grade compost.
SOIL employees pour containers including human feces to compost bins at the Mouchinette treatment center, Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
Madame Bwa, a community organizer and liaison with SOIL in the Cap-Haitien neighborhood of Shada.
A SOIL toilet. A dry toilet that collect urine in a front gallon, and solid waste in a back bucket. A dry carbon cover material of sugarcane bagasse and peanut shells covers the bucket waste and keeps the toilet free of unpleasant smells and flies.
Meds & Foods for Kids, a non-profit organization that treats and prevents childhood malnutrition, experiments with SOIL compost to see its effects on their peanut harvest.
Marline Jean, with fresh vegetables. During the growing season Ms. Jean has a garden that she uses SOIL compost fertilizer on her roof, a dozen yards from her SOIL toilet.
A member of the SOIL waste treatment team hydrates a compost pile, Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
Job Etienne, the leader of SOIL waste treatment at Mouchinette team holds the finished compost in his hands. Cap-Haitien, Haiti.