Cryptocurrency comes to Haiti
Many hope that cryptocurrency will be the solution for those who have little or no access to the financial system like these women vendors in Haiti. Photo by Leslie Mullin

As cryptocurrency makes the rounds across the globe, its buzz has reached Haiti in the form of donations and nascent projects. In this series, The Haitian Times takes a look at a few players and the pros and cons if digital currencies were to take root in Haiti.  

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WISCONSIN — Imagine. A delivery truck rumbles into the center of a remote village in Haiti and halts to a stop, where a group of vendors, mostly women, stand waiting with a plastic crate of yams harvested from their gardens. The driver gets out, scans a barcode on each box, dumps the yams onto the truck’s scale, inputs the weight into a tablet, returns the container. 

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at larisa@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @larisakarr.