There are a lot of fish metaphors in the development world: Are you teaching a man to fish or simply giving him a one? Can you imagine changing the whole stream? Bill Drayton, the founder of Ashoka said, "Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish, or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry." We are proud that SOIL's work has been recognized by the Ashoka Foundation for exactly the type of entrepreneurial spirit Drayton spoke about.
At SOIL, we want to make sure that our approach is offering integrated solutions that are carefully researched and implemented. In order to solve the sanitation crisis, SOIL takes an ecological approach that turns waste into compost, and thus provides a solution to the agricultural and food security crises at the same time. Our revolutionary proposal is this: there is no such thing as waste! For "waste" can always be transformed into something healthy, beautiful, or useful. And this applies even to poop!
But back to the topic at hand: fish. But this time it’s not a metaphor. Yesterday we harvested the fish from the fish pond at our Cap-Haitien office! It was an aquaponics experiment that our agricultural team was performing in which chicken poop was integrated into the fish pond ecosystem. Our Agricultural Director Romel took the lead. After carefully weighing the fish and recording the data, it was first-come first-serve for the SOIL staff. We’ll be celebrating the revolutionary work of our tireless agricultural team with a fish fry tonight!
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