The poorest economy in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world, Haiti is a case study on what can go wrong with an economy. According to The World Bank Gross National Income per capita (at Purchase Power Parity) is $1,790. The average for Caribbean/Latin American developing countries is $14,098.
In the face of this horrific economy, the Haitian people are a resilient and proud people with a culture unlike almost anywhere else. This provides great challenges and opportunities for those looking to help.