The T-shirt phase?

“Last month’s factory tragedy could cost the country millions of
jobs, or it could just raise T-shirt prices…”

A couple of years ago, I was in an industrial park in Port-au-Prince,
Haiti, as a textiles executive pitched me on becoming a rich T-shirt
manufacturer. It was easy, he said, to teach basic sewing to even the
most poorly educated farmers. If I could spend $500,000 on used sewing
machines (he knew a guy), rent a concrete building with no
air-conditioning and hire a few dozen peyizan (Creole for “peasants”)
for around $3 per day, I could recoup my investment within two years…

Read more:

May14-2013HaitiBlog                                                        Illustration by Jasper Reitman


About fromourisland

Gardener, knitter, wife, mother of 2, grandmother, and lots more.
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