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A man waits in the doorway of a Church Avenue money transfer store used by many Haitians on May 7, 2021, in Brooklyn. Photo by Sam Bojarski

BROOKLYN — Feeling the pain of inflation, some Haitian New Yorkers are reconsidering the amount of money they send to family and friends in Haiti as they try to meet their financial obligations.

“Right now, I think about myself,” said Benoit Frantz Lambert, 46, a school bus driver. “I gotta survive in order for me to send money to them [relatives in Haiti]. I gotta survive.”

Lambert, a father-of-two who supplements his income as an Uber driver in the summer, sees his earnings trimmed by the extra gas expenses for his car, despite gas prices going down. 

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

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