EVERTEC ESTABLISHES “PUERTO RICO PONTE EN MARCHA” TO HELP MERCHANTS ON THE ISLAND
San Juan, P.R., October 11, 2017- Hurricane Maria not only shook Puerto Rican families, but also the merchants who have an important role to reactivate the country’s economy. Today, Evertec announced the creation and launching of its initiative “Puerto Rico Ponte en Marcha”, primarily focused on providing merchant clients with technology solutions and support so that they can go back to operating and processing payments.
"Small and medium businesses are an important engine in our economy and they are facing several challenges such as lack of telecommunications and access to technology that prevents them from operating. Our main objective behind this initiative, is to accelerate getting these merchants back in business and support their role in the recovery of Puerto Rico," said Guillermo Rospigliosi, Executive Vice President of Products, Marketing and Innovation at Evertec.
Evertec will invest up to $250,000 on this effort. In addition the Company will also seek contributions and support from its business partners.
Evertec and business partners will contribute support and service to merchants including:
- Usage and/or replacement of point of sales terminals
- Enabling of new wireless terminals
- Donation of up to 1,000 portable telecommunication devices and its use for at least three months
- ATH Móvil Business will be free of charge until end of the year
- Re-deployment of staff to focus on helping businesses solve technical and communication situations that do not allow them to operate
In addition to the “Puerto Rico Ponte en Marcha” initiative, some of the other initiatives already underway as part of the Company’s previously announced $1 million contribution for recovery efforts include:
- “United for Puerto Rico – Together we change paths”, in cooperation with the Government of Puerto Rico and other key companies in the country
- Contribution to the campaign "Embracing Puerto Rico", managed by Banco Popular Foundation
- “Apoya A Toda Hora”, an ATH effort on social media that carried positive messages in support of hurricane victims
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