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Contact: Claudia Monlouis

Thursday, May 08, 2003 - Public response to the Rural Credit Facility and the Low Income Housing Project is said to be overwhelmingly positive. The projects form part of the European Development Fund’s Special Assistance Programme. Wilfred Pierre, the National Authorising Officer and his colleagues, have been holding a series of meetings islandwide to introduce communities to the projects.

“On an average everyday we get close to around twenty persons coming and over twenty persons calling us about the facility. We have been going all around the island to sensitise persons. Surprisingly we got the biggest crowd in Anse La Raye. The Anse La Raye Town Hall was packed with persons.”

According to Pierre the support of the private sector towards the Special Assistance Programme has come as a pleasant surprise to the office of the EDF. He commended the private sector for their commitment and involvement in the programme as they are assisting and are willing now to provide discounts to clients taking advantage of the programmes of the EDF.

He says the projects have also broadened the scope of the EDF and they are now seeking to provide support services, by creating linkages with resource persons who can provide relevant information to persons taking advantage of the facility.

The EDF is hoping to take its next meeting on the Special Assistance Facility to the community of Babonneau.

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