The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

That ed­u­ca­tion, in­for­ma­tion and knowl­edge are the key to any thriv­ing so­ci­ety is some­thing that is not lost upon Ax­cel Fi­nance, the lead­ing mi­cro-fi­nance com­pany in the OECS.

This week, hun­dreds of school chil­dren from Vieux Fort, where Ax­cel Fi­nance opened its sec­ond branch last year, re­turned to the class­room with brand new school bags and essen­tials, thanks to the com­pany. The timely con­tri­bu­tion was made on Au­gust 26th by Coun­try Man­ager of Ax­cel Fi­nance, Mrs. Her­mina Danzie-Vi­talis, to the Vieux Fort - South par­lia­men­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Prime Min­is­ter of Saint Lu­cia, Dr. the Hon. Kenny D. An­thony.

Mrs. Vi­talis ex­pressed Ax­cel Fi­nance’s plea­sure in pro­vid­ing school bags, school­book cov­ers and pens to the chil­dren of the com­mu­nity of Vieux Fort. “We are well aware that some fam­i­lies may have more than one school child and the cost of pro­vid­ing school essen­tials at this time is in­deed high. It is on this very ba­sis that Ax­cel Fi­nance im­pact on lives in mean­ing­ful ways, with ed­u­ca­tion be­ing at the cen­tre­fold of our cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mrs. Vi­talis, Ax­cel Fi­nance has been proud to serve hun­dreds of small busi­ness own­ers in the south with the aim of mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­ni­ties and in the lives of their fam­i­lies.

In ac­cept­ing the gift of school bags and sup­plies on be­half of the re­cip­i­ents, Prime Min­is­ter Dr. the Hon. Kenny D. An­thony re­marked: “I am re­ally very pleased that Ax­cel Fi­nance has grown to be solid part­ners in the de­vel­op­ment of Saint Lu­cia - part­ners with the peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia and the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia. They are mak­ing vi­tal dif­fer­ence to the peo­ple of this coun­try.”

The Prime Min­is­ter went on to note that Ax­cel Fi­nance is not just about mak­ing loans avail­able. “They are reach­ing out to the com­mu­nity and this is a mag­nif­i­cent way to reach out, to make lives a lit­tle bit more pleas­ant for our chil­dren and for the par­ents,” he pointed out.

In ad­di­tion to the school bags, thou­sands of beau­ti­fully de­signed book cov­ers were dis­trib­uted which in­clude mo­ti­va­tional quotes to en­cour­age the stu­dents to ex­cel in school. One of the quotes is by Nel­son Man­dela who said: “Ed­u­ca­tion is the most pow­er­ful weapon which you can use to change the world”.

Prime Min­is­ter Dr. Kenny D An­thony with stu­dents as Ax­cel Fi­nance Coun­try Man­ager, Her­mina

Danzie-Vi­talis (left) looks on.

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