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Haiti: Cap Haïtien street sellers

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Cap Haïtien street sellers | Haiti | Americas

[Visited: July 2007]

You can find open-air markets in many countries, and Haiti is no exception to that. While they are certainly interesting to see and visit, it is striking how many people are selling something in the streets, outside the regular markets. In Cap Haïtien, this means you can buy almost anything from any place in the streets without having to go to the real market. Many vendors actively roam the streets with their wares, offering them to passer-bys, going to crowded places like crossings or the bus station where they can find more potential customers.

Picture of Cap Haïtien street sellers (Haiti): Selling snacks on the streets of Cap Haïtien

It is therefore easy to buy fruit, drinks, snacks, souvenirs from street sellers virtually anywhere in Cap Haïtien. On top, young guys walk around with phones offering phone services to people who do not have a mobile phone. Apart from the mobile street sellers, many people have a small business from their home, and often just put a small table outside their door and put some goods on it for sale. Most of these home businesses are very small scale, and probably the best salespeople will end up opening a real shop somewhere in the future. In all, it is amazing to see how creative Haitians are at finding something to sell. They either come from the countryside to sell fruit, make their own small things for use, like hats, to sell in the streets, or just sell every day stuff like food items or sunglasses from their homes.

Picture of Cap Haïtien street sellers (Haiti): Running a business from their house

With a very high unemployment and extreme poverty (Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere), it is admiring how people seem to fight and struggle to eek out a living in any honest way possible. Even with the occasional foreign visitor, they seem to be very honest: only very few try to ask for outrageous prices, while most Haitians will just ask you the price they would ask to any Haitian. As a visitor, the biggest advantages of these street sellers, apart from the ease with which you can do your shopping, is the fact that you can actively and directly support the local economy.

Picture of Cap Haïtien street sellers (Haiti): Pineapple seller in the streets of Cap Haïtien
Picture of Cap Haïtien street sellers (Haiti): Passengers in tap-taps make for a good target to sell
Picture of Cap Haïtien street sellers (Haiti): Selling while sms-ing: hawker in Cap Haïtien
Picture of Cap Haïtien street sellers (Haiti): Making a phone call from the streets using a phone boy
Picture of Cap Haïtien street sellers (Haiti): Food seller on the main square of Cap Haïtien
Picture of Cap Haïtien street sellers (Haiti): Street seller outside his house in Cap Haïtien
Picture of Cap Haïtien street sellers (Haiti): Fruit seller near the market of Cap Haïtien
Picture of Cap Haïtien street sellers (Haiti): Selling snacks for on the road at the bus station of Cap Haïtien
Picture of Cap Haïtien street sellers (Haiti): Bicycle shop at the roadside of Cap Haïtien

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