In Port-au-Prince, a motorcycle is an instant micro-business. With a small-engine model—125cc or 150cc—moto taxi drivers like Celestin can immediately start carrying clients and pocketing money, weaving through gridlock that suffocates full-size vehicles. In rural areas, motorcycles ferry people and produce between towns over often-impassable roads.
Joel Celestin used to paint calligraphy advertisements for soft drinks on the walls of Haiti’s capital. Then he got a motorcycle.