The field visit allowed the delegation to gain a first-hand understanding of UNICEF work at the country level and to view concrete examples of its cooperation with the host Governments and other partners, including the United Nations country team. Furthermore, the visit provided an opportunity for the members of the delegation to better understand the issues regarding children and women and the challenges they face in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Everyone who has been to Port-au-Prince, Haiti remembers the street scenes of market women sitting along the roads with their commerce hoping to earn some money. For some of these women, their hopes have become reality as they make more money than Haiti’s average. These are ordinary rural women who were able to rise above the rest. What makes these entrepreneurs more successful than their colleagues?
This document is based on a study executed in Haiti in January 1989 by the Consultant, Donna Plotkin. It responds to subregional concerns about the lack of data relating to women's economic contribution to development. This study is part of the project "The Establishment of a Data Base on Women's Participation in Social and Economic Change, Phase II" funded by the Government of the Netherlands.