Haitians Living On $2 A Day Recycle To Survive.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — - Haitians facing widespread unemployment or a minimum wage of less than $2 a day are turning to the junk that litters the streets for survival.
Thousands of Haitians amass and haul scrap metal, plastic bottles, even abandoned cars to recycling plants such as GS Industries SA, one of the capital city's largest, where they are melted and exported to countries throughout the Americas and Asia.
Delicame Giles, 56, collects discarded plastic bottles that flow with the rain through an open canal, earning about $8 a week. She has no other means of support. Her husband is dead, and her children are unemployed.
"I have been doing this work for one year," Giles said. "I wouldn't do it, but life is so hard, I'm forced to. Sometimes I sit here with my eyeballs popping out. I feel like they're going to pop out of my head, I'm so hungry.
GS Industries manager Stephane Sajous says recycling in Haiti serves two purposes: cleaning the countryside and creating raw materials for the rest of the world.