Cubans flock to Haiti for bargain shopping

Most people don’t think of Haiti as a shopping destination. Unless they’re Cuban.

Every afternoon, hundreds of Cubans swarm a rutted crossroads in the capital of the hemisphere’s poorest nation, hunting clothes, light bulbs, perfume and other goods that are in short supply back home.

Haitian vendors blast Cuban reggaeton music to draw in shoppers. In a year-old cafe painted with Cuban flags, Havana-born Angelina Luis Dominguez and her niece Yeleny Terry Luis serve black beans, rice and roast pork to compatriots on lunch breaks.

“There are thousands, thousands of Cubans,” Luis Dominquez said. “There used to be four or five; now they’ve taken root. It feels like all of Cuba is here.”

The “Cuban market” in Port-au-Prince is part of a global trade, estimated to top $2 billion, fed by the confluence of Cubans’ increased freedom to travel with the communist state’s continued domination of the economy back home.

Clothing, housewares, hardware, personal-care products and other goods at state-run stores in Cuba cost two or three times what they do elsewhere. And that’s when they are on sale at all in an economy hampered by incessant shortage. What’s more, Cuba’s state monopoly on imports and exports excludes the small but vibrant private sector, which employs more than a half million people who often earn three or four times a state worker’s salary.
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Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
Dec. 11, 2018

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Cubans flock to Haiti for bargain shopping”

  1. Joy says:

    Is this site anti or pro Haitian ? At least, people should see the balance on your articles. But it seems to me it’s nothing than perpetuating the same bad press that other big media have been doing so far. How come you write an article with such derogatory terms: only Cubans see Haitian market.., poorest country in the hemisphere.., bla-bla-bla.
    Now I don’t think People would take you guys more serious.

  2. Robert Herard says:

    I do agree that the article is kind of in degoratory terms toward the Cuban folks – I do not read that much the Haitian Times just because it seems that they forget where they’re coming from , a very rich country leaded by very ignorant middle class individuals …Haitian Times is falling headlong in the trap Hope that you guys could correct matters and educate more your audience about the unacceptable economic embargo imposed not on Cuban’s government since 60 years but the Cuban people that we haitians have undivided ties with …Celia Cruz came from Haiti to Cuba …This year the 18th promotion of Haitian Physicians graduated from Cuban School of Medicine …Shame on You guys !!! Even though you got rights but also got them confused with your duties to enhance the solidarity between Haitian and Cuban people beyond political ideology …Haiti is lagging behind within an apartheid entrenched system worst than South Africa …and you know it …May you muster up your courage and denounce what’s really going on first and foremost within the Haitian society first and foremost , unacceptable from human rights point of view …The Diaspora is misrepresented for decades because of your lack of professionalism and objectivity …You tend to be partial and acting as the mainstream liberal media that President D.J.Trump is talking about …

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