Greta Greathouse, chief of party for World Council of Credit Unions’ Haitian HIFIVE microfinance program, reported to WOCCU headquarters via e-mail that staff members are uninjured and accounted for. However, there has been significant destruction to the island that is home to 400,000-plus credit union members, said Mike Muckian, senior manager of communications.

In July 2009, WOCCU launched the three-year program to extend financial services to Haiti’s rural poor with funding from the United States Agency for International Development. According to reports, reverberations from the earthquake’s epicenter, located 10 miles south of Port-au-Prince, have all but leveled Haiti’s capital city.

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