Haiti’s economy is faced with many problems, such as access to reliable electricity and running water. Many streets in Haiti are not paved or in poor condition due to earthquakes or landslides. It often takes hours to travel short distances and mountain villages are usually completely cut off from traffic. Providing needed electricity for businesses is another obstacle. Power is often not available at all, or, like in Jeremie, only on a few hours per day. The same situation applies to running water.
The cycle of poverty also leads to insufficient access to education for the vast majority of the population. Often, people who are highly educated leave Haiti, because they struggle with the corruption or cannot find employment in Haiti. The lack of security and the unstable political situation are other factors preventing large investments in Haiti.
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