Last March 21 Qredits CEO Elwin Groenevelt and Prime Minister Mike Eman already signed a cooperation agreement enabling Qredits to start up operations on Aruba. Qredits mission is to strengthen entrepreneurship on Aruba by offering small business loans up to Afl. 50,000 to (starting) entrepreneurs as well as mentoring.
Qredits anticipates issuing around 100 loans during 2017/2018 with an average amount of Afl. 30,000 each and coach at least 200 aspiring entrepreneurs in setting up their own business. Plans are to also offer the educational program Ik word EigenBaas (Be your own boss) to approx. 250 local students.
Besides that the e-learning course How to write a business plan is available in Dutch, English, Spanish and Papiamento and will be offered to entrepreneurs through a redeemable voucher available at Qredits and the Chamber of Commerce.
The Qredits team, located in the MFA Noord building on Aruba, will consist of two local commercial lending advisors who will be screening the business plans and loan applications. Oliver Vieira is the branch manager who has many years of experience in commercial banking and a strong affinity with entrepreneurship. Qredits is still actively looking for a second commercial lending advisor.
As of today the Qredits Aruba website is live and can be found at www.qredits.com. The website is available in four languages (Dutch, English, Spanish and Papiamanto). Loan applications can be made online through the website and all necessary accompanying documents can be uploaded.
According to Elwin Groenevelt, Qredits CEO: “This branche on Aruba signifies the next step in creating opportunities for all entrepreneurs throughout the Caribbean Netherlands to be able to start or expand their own business. Following the success of Qredits Bonaire our Aruba operations provide a great opportunity to show that our approach is successful!”.
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Qredits is a non-profit institution in the Netherlands supporting entrepreneurs to successfully start with or invest in their business. Qredits offers microcredit up to €50,000 and SME Loans up to €250,000 as well as personal mentoring and training tools. To date Qredits has financed more than 9,500 entrepreneurs for a total exceeding € 190 million. This makes Qredits the largest alternative financing source for entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. Qredits’ default rate is very low due to strict monitoring and guidance provided by its 600 volunteer mentors. More information can be found at www.qredits.nl or www.qredits.com