Dreaming Of Plastic Crates In Haiti : Planet Money On today's podcast, exporter Jean Maurice Buteau says he struggles to keep up with the demand for Haitian mangos because nearly half the fruit he buys from rural farmers arrives damaged. He says if he could only get plastic crates for the farmers ...

Dreaming Of Plastic Crates In Haiti

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Dreaming Of Plastic Crates In Haiti

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On today's Planet Money:

We meet "Mango Man," Jean Maurice Buteau, who heads JMB exports in Port-au-Prince. Jean Maurice buys mangoes from rural Haitian farmers and sells them to the US. Unfortunately, between the mango farm and his office near the port, almost half the mangoes get damaged. If Jean Maurice could just get his farmers to put their mangoes in plastic crates, he could double his revenue and the farmers' income.

We take a look at why a simple idea like plastic crates, is in Haiti, not simple at all.

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