GivingTracker| Haiti grows some of the best mangoes in the world, but most of them rot just miles from the US for lack of adequate roads and well-governed ports. Excellent coffee exists but isn’t sold by Haitans on the world market. Rather it’s sold to coffee producers in the Dominican Republic. As a resort, Haiti has many beautiful beaches but not enough hotels and an airport without night landing lights.
A comment from an A of C reader asks simply “How will they make good use of the money?” Almost half of Americans gave some money to Haiti. George Soros gave $25 million to jumpstart a venture investment fund. Read on Rebuilding Haiti | Bricks & Mangoes inspired by “Building Haiti’s Economy, One Mango at a Time” via NYTimes.
More reading: Haiti Aid Efforts Go Awry in the ‘Convoy to Nowhere’ WSJ