TAPACHULA, Mexico — A 2019 International Organization Migration survey found that 41% of asylum seekers living in the town were unemployed. Among those, 40% were Haitian. 

To survive, many Haitians have opted to sell items and services on the streets, from water bottles to hair braiding services. Earnings are meager, some Haitian vendors say, barely enough to cover such necessities as rent, which can run about $100 per month..

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Leonardo March is Brooklyn-based visual journalist from Puerto Rico and a Report for America corps member

Leonardo can be reached at Leonardo@haitiantimes.com