Mirlande lives in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Haiti, right next to the Truitier landfill. Many people there live off plastics. Collectors pick up plastic bottles, sort it, and bring it to Mirlande. She weighs it and pays them. She then sorts by color and puts the bottles in super sacks for a truck to bring them to a facility. When she has a lot of collectors come by, she can have a super sack ready in 8 days.
The most important thing Mirlande has been able to do since starting her business is sending her daughter to school. She can also help her family when they need it because of the plastics. We asked Mirlande what she hopes for the future. “I would like to see my daughter go to school, go to university, and become someone important in the country.”
Clenord got into plastics after a friend told him how to run the business. He originally sold recovered plastics to his friend, but now he runs his own center.