In Haiti, madam sara refers to a migratory bird, and also to women who bring the harvest to market. Known as women of the mountains, they walk for miles, work 17-hour days, and sleep on the ground to earn a precarious living. "We know we have neglected them," the Haitian government admits.
While Dominican soldiers forbid the sale of Haitian products at the binational market, the Haitian government threatens to restrict the border trade so it can collect more import duties. Both policies make it all but impossible for the women of Ansapit to earn a living.