Thursday, January 9, 2014

New outdoor market in Haiti to improve working conditions for merchants

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (January 8, 2014) – For the first time in more than 15 years, some 200 merchants from the Simmonds-Pelé neighborhood will have a clean and safe place to do business following the recent opening of a new market place in Village Solidarité. This infrastructure project, carried out by the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), received the support of the World Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank, and the Haitian Government.

The new market, built in four months on a 200 m2 (2,151 sq. ft.) surface following para-seismic guidelines, has several selling areas, including seven platforms with 20 tables to display merchandise. It is also equipped with a clinic, a closed storage area, green spaces, toilets and showers, as well as a covered butchery area to ensure improved sanitary conditions for meat processors. A cleaning crew is assigned to clean the market each day after business hours.

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