Rolinx Dolciné is a 27-year-old father of two and resident of Djoute, in the communal section of Savanne Longue, in Ouanaminthe, Haiti.
For years, farming has been a means that allowed Mr. Dolcine to earn a decent income and provide for his family. Unfortunately, due to realities beyond his control such as a high inflation rate of the gourd, climate challenges that have decreased agricultural production, the high cost of transport, and a lack of marketing opportunities he has had trouble making ends meet. This situation has forced a lot of farmers in Haiti to rely on food distribution to meet their daily needs. Relying on outside aid is a major impediment towards sustainable development.
In response to the situation, Rolinx switched gears and began repairing wells for the communities. He was able to learn on the job and prove himself as a diligent and dependable technician. Rolinx has already repaired more than thirty wells in several localities and municipalities, including Baja, Acul de pin, Acul Samedi, Carrefour Fano, Dilè, Otou, Anba mon, and Marinette. He even created his own tool to repair the rods. “After repairing the wells, people in the communities always compliment me and thank me with a big smile. [It’s vital to ensure the wells remain in good condition] because every time their well breaks, they go back to the same practices before, going very far in search of water from the river and that doesn’t make them happy.”
Well rods often break and need to be repaired. Sometimes the wells also have gasket failures, which must be changed completely. As a skilled technician, Rolinx charges between 3000-3500 gourdes* to repair wells for his clients, which has generated a consistent source of income. He also sells parts to earn additional income.
“I’m happy to be able to do this job. It allows me to make money more often and to take my kids to school by motorcycle. [It’s easier on them] because they have to walk a long way to go to school in the town of Ouanaminthe. When I can afford it, they spend less time on the road. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my kids. “
*$32 -38 USD