Cap Saison, a 5 year-old family store in Cap-Haitien’s downtown area that sells Christmas items. Photo by Onz Chery for Go West Now

EDITOR’S NOTE: As part of a limited series to show how Haitians across the globe are spending the holidays, this story looks at how decor vendors in Cap-Haitien, Haiti view the season.

CAP-HAITIEN — Yolande Océan, a 71-year-old street vendor, has paid more for a daily roundtrip motorcycle ride for work than she has made selling Christmas items in a recent week. On Dec. 14, for example, the only item Océan had sold was a set of short string lights for 250 gourdes, about $1.89. She paid 300 gourdes, or $2.25, for transportation to the city that day.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for Go West Now. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining Go West Now in 2019.