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DIG Hosts Microfinance Workshop with USAID in Haiti
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

DIG successfully led a one-day workshop on housing microfinance (HMF) to stimulate the supply of housing finance products that benefit low-income populations in Haiti on June 24, 2015. The event included an engaging one-hour panel discussion on housing finance challenges in Haiti. Chaired by DIG’s Franck Daphnis, the panel’s participants included Gary Philoctete, Country Director of J/P HRO, Michael Wyzan, USAID/Haiti Director for Economic Growth, Patrick Brun, President of Chabuma SA, and Odnell David, Director of Housing for the Government of Haiti’s Housing, Construction and Public Buildings Unit. In all, 35 enthusiastic representatives attended from: the country’s largest cooperative federation, Fédération Le Levier; the presidents and general managers from nine affiliated Le Levier financial cooperatives; credit staff from banks and non-bank private microfinance institutions; non-governmental organizations; development finance institutions; and USAID/Haiti. Funded by USAID, the HMF workshop was held in French and Creole. The bilingual training facilitated the understanding of the topics covered, including: the differences between HMF and microenterprise lending; types of HMF loan products; pricing of loan products; determination of market demand; credit analysis; and operational issues. The initiative was part of the Rebati Fund, which provides affordable, long-term financing to Haitian financial institutions so that they can, in turn, design and offer housing and business loans to Haiti’s economically active poor. DIG manages this signature post-earthquake U.S. government program, which is co-financed by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, USAID, and Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Our team of financial experts also provide technical assistance to Haitian financial institutions on the design and launch of viable financial products. 
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