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Impoverished Haiti manufacturing its own Android tablet

16
Mar
2014

By Amelie Baron PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Better known for producing third-world poverty and political mayhem – as well as a world-class rum – the Western Hemispheres least developed country has made a surprising entry into the high-tech world with its own Android tablet. Sandwiched between textile factories in a Port-au-Prince industrial park next to a slum, a Haitian-founded company has begun manufacturing the low-cost tablet called Sûrtab, a name closely resembling the Haitian Creole for on the table. Unlike the factories next door where low-paid textile workers churn out cheap undergarments for the U.S. market, Sûrtab workers are equipped with soldering irons, not sewing machines. Dressed in sterile white work clothes, and a hair net, Sergine Brice is proud of her job. I never imagined I could, one day, make a tablet by myself, she said.

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