A shot of a semi-vacant housing project near the Caracol Industrial Park, an economic growth project that was established in 2012 just 25 km east of Cap-Haïtien, Haiti with help from organizations like the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and private entities such as the Clinton Foundation.
This housing project, and numerous others like it near Caracol, were constructed to house Caracol workers and their families. The $300 million project was expected to create more than 60,000 jobs and transform the sparsely populated northern coast of Haiti.
To date, the factory has created less than 10,000 jobs, and produces clothing mostly for Sae-A Trading Co, the South Korean textile corporation and Clinton Foundation donor. Additionally, labor standards at the industrial park have been criticized as factory bosses as recently as 2014 refused to abide by the Haitian government’s raising of the minimum wage.
Due to Caracol’s relative geographic isolation and its failure to reach its own lofty economic growth goals, the housing projects like this one remain largely empty.
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