Haiti

Over 30 Plastic Bank Branches, 2000 + collectors and more than 3 MILLION KG collected since 2014!

Haiti ranks 68th on the UNDP Human Poverty Index scale and is widely known as the poorest country in the western hemisphere. About 65% of the population live under the national poverty line.

Haiti is susceptible to hurricanes and is also at risk for earthquakes which have devastated much of the infrastructure. Because of the severe deforestation throughout the island, even normal rains can cause floods in urban areas.

A Growing Ecosystem

With the support of partners like Henkel and Shell, Plastic Bank has opened 32 Branches in 5 regions of Haiti since we opened our first location in 2014. 

We also continue to expand our network of collection points run by partners such as schools and other community organizations. With over 70 already open, demand continues to open new regions!

The map below shows our Branches as of November 2018.

 

Expo 2020

A partnership with Expo2020 supports our outreach programs.

Our team educates students on recycling and other environmental issues and schools can collect plastic waste from their students and communities which helps fund their education.

This partnership is crucial in a country with a literacy rate of 61% and helps children stay in school longer.

Expo 2020

Branches as Community Hubs

All of our Branches in Haiti are equipped with solar powered lights.  Sometimes we offer the only light and reliable electricity in the area so students come to read, children to play, and parents supervise in the evenings.

Plastic waste can also be exchanged for charging cell phones and it is common to see children dropping off their parents phones on the way to school. Expanding basic infrastructure like this creates hope and opportunities in the most disadvantaged areas. 

 

Supports the UN SDG's

Our work in Haiti directly meets 14 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and indirectly meets the remaining 3. The SDG’s are an important evolution of the Millennium Development Goals adding recognition for the environment and climate change.

 

Learn more about how we meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

Learn about the SDG's

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