Sasha B Kramer, PhD

Ecology, Stanford University, co-founder and executive director of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL).

Category of Humanitarian Benefit: Environmental Improvement

Short Biography/Background

Dr. Sasha Kramer is an ecologist and human right advocate who has been living and working in Haiti since 2004.  She received her Ph D. in Ecology from Stanford University in 2006 and co-founded SOIL the same year.   Sasha is an Adjunct Professor of International Studies and Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Latin American Studies at the University of Miami.  She is also a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

Project Name and Description

SOIL is a project originating in Haiti.  It consists composting toilets, a system of collecting human waste and turning the waste into rich soil.  It is an example of a circular economy solution.


This is a simple but profound project.  SOIL promotes dignity, health, and sustainable livelihoods through the transformation of wastes into resources.  It addresses the  health risks of cholera and disease with unprocessed human waste is gone.  The collection and processing of the waste provides the dignity of work.  The human wastes are converted valuable compost.  SOIL tackles some of Haiti’s toughest challenges by providing sanitation to people who would otherwise have no access to a toilet and instead, produces the endless supply of rich organic compost critical for agriculture and reforestation.  Soil degradation is an extreme problem in Haiti and around the world.  It is a low-cost technology that is simple and easy to replicate, requires minimal water and provides safe and dignified access to sanitation.  It now treat 20,000 gallons of human waste per month.