Société Générale Haitienne de Transferts S.A. (Sogexpress) is the leading money transfer and payment service company in Haiti. Sogexpress started operations in October 2002 with the goal of offering diversified payment services through a national network that has high technology standards, efficient operations and competent personnel. Sogexpress provides money transfer services as an authorized agent of Western Union. Sogexpress also has become an important provider of phones, phone cards and electronic recharge (pap-padap) in Haiti. Sogexpress has national coverage with 57 branch locations.
About Western Union
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of March 31, 2015, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks. In 2014, The Western Union Company completed 255 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $85 billion of principal between consumers, and 484 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.
The Klere Ayiti Initiative
At Sogexpress we are very aware of the energy challenges that those of us living in Haiti struggle with. At night, some parts of our country have no light or power at all and other areas have only unreliable access to the electric grid. And yet we live in a country blessed with sun almost every day of the year! Harnessing the power of the sun provides a potential solution for the energy problems we face as Haitians.
In early 2012, we began an initiative designed to increase the availability of affordable and sustainable energy products for Haitian consumers. Under this pilot project, a sender living outside Haiti paid for solar lights at an agent in Miami and provided the contact information of the receiving family to enable delivery in Haiti. We also made smaller solar products available for purchase in our flagship stores in Haiti. The project was a big success. As of April 2015, Sogexpress has sold more than 43,000 solar lights, benefitting more than 215,000 people in Haiti.
Recognizing that more Haitians living in the diaspora want to send clean energy products to family members in Haiti, we have expanded this pilot initiative to include all members of the Haitian diaspora living anywhere in the world. We have selected high quality, top of the line solar light kits from reputable international companies that come with 2-year warrantees. Now, thanks to our partnership with Western Union, we can bring light into the homes of millions of Haitians!
The Klere Ayiti initiative is supported by the Multilateral Investment Fund, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in an effort to catalyze new commercial business models that will increase consumer access to clean energy in Haiti.