HARRISBURG, Pa. (6/15/15)--Representatives of Pennsylvania credit unions last week traveled to Haiti to assist credit unions in recovery from the 2010 earthquake that devastated the Carribbean nation.
Throughout the week, with assistance from the World Council of Credit Unions, the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association’s Team Haiti met with representatives from the Federation Le Levier, Haiti Integrated Financing for Value Chains and Enterprises (HIFIVE) and the boards and management of Caisse Poplaire Sainte Rose De Miniche and Caisse Populaire De La Cotte SUD, two Haitian credit unions that were impacted by the earthquake, yet remain open to serve their members (Life is a Highway June 12).
The two credit unions have begun to recover but need additional assistance--including a reliable source of power and information technology--to remain viable.
In the case of Caisse Poplaire Sainte Rose De Miniche, it is the only financial institution in the rural town of Miniche.
The Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation will be making technology grants to the two credit unions from restricted funds raised specifically for Project Haiti from credit union and individual donors.
The trip wrapped up Friday with an exit meeting with representatives from the Federation Le Levier and HIFIVE to determine next steps and finalize the grants.