Haiti has suffered devastating hurricanes, natural disasters and unplanned development, which have negatively affected the economy. It is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, having nearly 60% of it’s population living below the poverty level.
In Jeremie, the unemployment rate sits at 85%, after Hurricane Matthew swept through the region in 2016, wiping out businesses and homes. An entrepreneurial culture has developed, as people search for ways to restore communities and provide for their families.
60.7 % of people age 15 and over can read and write.
60% of people live below the poverty line.
54.7% of the population identify as Roman Catholic, 28.5% Protestant, 2.1% Voodoo, 4.6% other and 10.2% report no religion.
The hand up you provide could be the turning point for an individual who has expressed a genuine desire to improve his or her circumstances.