Programs: Global Home and Office Smart
January 6, 2012
Providing Small & Growing Businesses with Access to Financing & Business Services
Fund Amount: $350,000 Loan
Above, the grand opening ceremony of Global Home and Office Smart.The store hosts a bookstore and a high-tech center, and offers a variety of office supplies.
See more in the Global Home and Office Photo Gallery.
The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund made a $350,000 program-related investment in Global Home and Office Smart, a Haitian retail store. The loan, alongside the Haitian founders’ own contribution, enabled the company to open a downtown Port-au-Prince store.
Global Home and Office Smart is the “Office Depot” of Haiti. It sells computers, office supplies, and locally supplied textbooks.
Founded in 1999, Global Home and Office Smart is Haiti’s third-largest Haitian-owned office supply retailer. The earthquake destroyed its office building, warehouse, and much of its stock. However, the store’s three young entrepreneurs moved quickly into makeshift facilities, and positioned the company for growth. This loan allowed the business to complete the first step of a three-phase expansion—moving out of its temporary facilities in converted containers, and into a new furnished and stocked showroom.
Why We Invested in Global Home and Office
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund's grant to Global Home and Office Smart reflects our commitment to supporting Haitian businesses and entrepreneurs.
Transforming Lives and Livelihoods
- Helped a Haitian company expand.
- Employed 53 people, 27 of whom were hired since the loan.
- Allowed local businesses to more easily procure office supplies.
About Global Home and Office
Global Home and Office Smart, founded in 1999, is Haiti’s third largest Haitian-owned wholesaler and retailer of office supplies, equipment, and services. Its customers include many major nongovernmental organizations, various embassies & international organizations, and the Haitian private & public sectors.