The family of Jayco founders Lloyd and Bertha Bontrager has established a fund to help impoverished communities in Latin America by helping small businesses obtain capital.
In announcing the fund, Wilbur Bontrager, Jayco’s chairman of the board, said Jayco’s success has provided an opportunity to help the less fortunate. He said, “Our aim with this ongoing funding is to bring dignity and joy to the working poor throughout the Americas by helping them grow sustainable, locally owned businesses and farms that are not dependent on charity for survival. The difference between poverty and prosperity often hinges on the success of small businesses. We know the lack of capital and credit are among the biggest problems facing the farmers and small businesses of Latin America.”
The fund will begin with contributions from Jayco and the Bontrager family, and will also seek support from Jayco employees and dealers. Jayco, which was founded in Indiana in 1968, is the largest privately owned RV manufacturer in North America.