Every NGO faces roadblocks at one point or another. But SOIL, an organization working to address the sanitation problem in Haiti, was literally prevented from getting from point A to point B. Burning piles of debris blocked the road to its composting waste treatment site in Port-au-Prince.
They contacted Open Road Alliance, which directs grants to nonprofits and social good companies that run into barriers that could potentially shut down their operations. The private philanthropic initiative provided SOIL with $100,000 to allow the nonprofit aid organization to build a new composting facility on private land adjacent to the land the Haitian government had informally provided within the city’s solid waste dump. With this support, SOIL could scale up its two sanitation businesses and expand its services in the capital.