On 9 October, the first Entrepreneur Financial Centre (EFC) to be set up in Haiti by Développement international Desjardins (DID) and the LE LEVIER federation of Haitian financial cooperatives opened its doors and began operations. Located in Cap-Haïtien in Haiti’s North, this specialized financial center, directly owned by six financial cooperatives in the Grand Nord region of Haiti.
The institution has a team of 10 staff members who will focus their efforts on meeting the needs of entrepreneurs in the Grand Nord region. Their activities are aimed at the members of the six participating financial cooperatives and are conducted with their close collaboration in order to provide specialized services adapted to the areas of business of the more than 400 entrepreneur members in the financial cooperatives.
This initiative is part of the National Support for Haitian Entrepreneurship program (PANSEH) being implemented by DID with financial support from Global Affairs Canada. The program, which is national in scope, is aimed at helping micro, small and medium enterprises gain better access to financial services by upgrading professionalism in the participating financial cooperatives and setting up an EFC within the Le Levier federation of financial cooperatives.