From what I’ve encountered in our little corner of Northern Haiti, the men who work in the distilleries are some of the only ones with a dependable source of income. Sugar cane is abundant in the area and a distillery in nearly every village processes it to make rum. Wilson and I took a walk during a recent trip to Haiti and our neighbor down the road gave us a tour of the one where he works.
Our tour guide, Probis, filled with subtle pride about the work he does
Raw sugar cane
The cane is fed through the press toward the left side of the picture. This is the most dangerous position as hands and arms have been known to get caught in the press.
The large metal bowl collects the juice pressed from the sugar cane.
The pile behind the distillery is what’s left of the cane after it’s been pressed.
I got a little hazy on the details here, but these large barrels are where the actual distilling occurs.