Lascahobas Economy

Lascahobas sits amid the Central Plateau of the island of Haiti. It is a second-level administrative division and the capital of Lascahobas Arrondissement. With a population numbering 41,716 residents, it is a one-hour drive from the Haiti-Dominican republic border. Three sub-divisions comprise Lascahobas, Little Background, Hoye, and Juampus.


In Lascahobas, agriculture drives the economy. Local farmland produces coffee, sisal, tobacco, and sugar crops. Sold at the always-crowded town market, the sale of these products supports commerce as a vital component of the community. A principle reason agrarian activity flourishes in Lascahobas is the well-irrigated farmland that draws water from the Lascahobas River.

St. Gabriel Catholic Church, with the financial support of Friends of the Children of Lascahobas, operates the Lascahobas Hospital. A non-government organization and U.S.-based, it is committed to lowering high rates of illiteracy, starvation, and health issues of its residents. Though overwhelmingly Catholic, many people still practice Voodoo, holding frequent festivals throughout the year in the foothills.

Historically, Lascahobas has been dependent on erratic delivery of electricity to their communities. The government of Haiti restrains electrical service to two days a week. Yet during the 80s and 90s, Lascahobas stayed on the power grid 100% of the time. Reversing this trend, the town went dark from 2006 to 2009. When violent uprisings occurred, the government of Haiti turned the power on again.

Contrariwise, Lascahobas students can go on the solar-driven Internet, with access to wifi at designated sites. The Illinois Institute of Technology has provided this service.

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