Haitian Gourde

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Haitian Gourde

The currency of Haiti. It was introduced in 1872, replacing another currency that was also called the gourde. It was initially pegged to the French franc, but this was switched to the U.S. dollar in 1912 at a rate of five gourdes to one dollar. Since 1989, the gourde has been a floating currency. Interestingly, the peg is maintained in colloquial speech, in which people refer to five gourdes as a Haitian dollar. Often, prices are even given in Haitian dollars.
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Si on achete un numero a une gourde, selon qu'il soit classe premier, deuxieme ou troisieme (on parle de pre deuxieme et troisieme lot en Haiti) on gagnera cinquante, vingt ou dix gourdes.
Ahi se puede comprar una dosis de piedra por 40 gourdes.
Failure to report such transactions is punishable by more than three years' imprisonment and a fine of 20 million gourdes (approximately $542,000).
By charging half a gourde per bucket, the project will generate an annual revenue of two million gourdes, based on annual consumption of 20 million gallons of water in all the benefiting communities.
We know that the minimum daily wage in Haiti is just 36 gourdes [US$1.
Rosemene explains that for an eight- to eight-and-a-half-hour day, a factory worker earns 36 gourdes (US $1 = approx.
The embargo has brought on inflation and left half the work force jobless with "an average wage of about twenty gourdes for eight hours of work," according to Raymond Lafontant Jr.
His wife runs the restaurant at the local coop and charges two or three gourdes (a gourde equals 20 cents) for lunch, "though we may charge a poor man only one gourde.
S dollars for Haitian gourdes in order to provide local currency loans to clients.
We have to fight with them," said Molier Benoit, whose syndicate doubled its fares to 12 gourdes (31 cents) for a ride in a metal frame built onto the back of a truck.
Back in Haiti, on July 25, union and management concluded a settlement granting plantation day laborers a 43 gourde wage increase, taking their daily wage up to 95 gourdes ($4 at current exchange rates).
30 gourdes per 19-litre bucket - about 1p, or about what water costs in France, Mr Brailowsky said.