Develop, renovate or expand your Tourism business with loans from $40,000 to million dollar investments. Loan Grace periods during project implementation, repayments tailored to your cash flow, working capital for your business operation and support in times of financial challenge, the DFC understands and supports Belize’s Tourism Industry.
- Resorts, Hotels, Guest houses, Cabanas etc.
- Renewable Energy | Energy Efficiency
- Tour guides
- Eco Tourism
- Handicrafts and Gift shops
- Cultural Tourism
- Services related to the Tourism sector
WHAT YOU NEED TO APPLY
- Valid Photo ID: Social Security or Passport
- Business’ Financials | Proof of income
- Business Plan – Financially viable, Technically feasible, Environmentally sustainable.
- Marketing Plan
- Management – Verified experience & records of past performance
- Property Title – Collateral
- Updated property taxes
- Relevant permits, contracts, licenses (as applicable)
- Minimum 10% Investment Contribution
- For Companies:
Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum & Articles of Association, Certificate of Good Standing, Resolution to borrow, Authorized signatories.
- Eligibility: 18 to 70 years of age. Belizean, Belizean Resident or Legal entity with Belizean Majority.
- Building Plans (Approved by your city/town council or by the Central Building Authority (CBA)
- Bill of Quantities (Labor & Material Costs)
If Purchasing an Existing Building
- Letter from the Seller (State sale price and details of property)
- Bill of Quantities (If making improvements to the property)
- Approved Building Plans (CBA) if making changes to any exterior walls
DFC's Many Benefits
- Loans from $40K to Million dollars+
- TRUE Reducing Balance Interest Rate
- LOW Effective Interest
- FREE Property Appraisal ($300 – $1400 in Savings)
- PAY LESS for Legal Services because of our In-house Legal Services
- Business Plan development support
- FREE Technical assistance during Planning & Implementation
- Renewable Energy / Energy Efficiency loans at just 6%
- Revolving Line of Credit option
- Character Based Loans offered
- Forbearance during times of Financial Challenges
- Tailored Loan Repayments
- Repayment Period up to 15 years
- Grace Period up to 5 years
- DFC does not Increase your interest rate
- Loan Fees as low as 2%
- Loan Terms Clearly Explained
- No Hidden Fees
- Easy to Reschedule
- No Rescheduling Fees
- No Loan Consolidation Required
- No Annual Renewal Fees
- Safe debt ratio of 35%
- Amortization Schedule Provided
- Good Loan Approval time: 5 to 6 weeks
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WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE DFC
FREE Property Appraisal
DFC in the only lending institution that provides you with FREE Property Appraisal. This can save your business hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Loan Grace Periods
DFC offers Grace periods (Pay only interest, no principal) for up to 5 years (dependent on project type) Eg. Your business would receive grace period while its under construction, development or for a period after opening to become established first.
Agricultural based businesses could receive grace periods until their crop is harvested.
Tailored Loan Repayments
DFC tailors your loan repayment to suit your business’s cash flow. Pay less during low season and more during high season. Great for Hotels, Resorts, Bed & Breakfasts, Restaurants and other businesses in the Tourism Industry! Also, for Agricultural based businesses where payments can be made at harvest time.
True Reducing Balance Interest Rate
DFC offers you TRUE reducing balance Interest rates. As you go repaying your loan and your balance owed reduces, the interest paid also reduces because DFC charges interest on the balance owed.
It is referred to as ‘TRUE’ because we apply interest in this manner CONTINUOUSLY, over the entire life of your loan. Other institutions may say they also offer ‘Reducing Balance’ but it may not be a ‘TRUE’ reducing balance. This is because of HOW they apply their interest (Eg: On a 12 month basis only and not continuously over the entire life of the loan as DFC does). As such, this means you would pay more in interest.
Revolving Line of Credit
Your service Business or Agricultural based business could get a Revolving Line of Credit Loan. Similar to an Overdraft it’s a one time loan that allows you to ‘draw down’ from that loan to cover the operating costs for your business. As you repay your Revolving Line of Credit, you can automatically draw down finances for your needs.
We help you in challenging times
We know that business in the Tourism and Agricultural sectors as highly sensitive to external factors. If ever you fall on hard times and find it difficult to service your loan, as long as you communicate with us immediately, we work along with you. Eg. Postpone Principal payments or even lend you more to become operational again. DFC is not in the business of closing down businesses. We work as best as possible to keep this from happening because as a Development Bank, DFC’s primary goal is to see to the development, success and longevity of Belizean businesses.
Stable Interest Rates
DFC has never INCREASED its Interest rates. We don’t ‘Lock’ you into a loan then increase your interest rate, after.
DFC never binds you down by tying or ‘bundling’ your loan with other loans.
Honest & Up-front with you
DFC encourages responsible borrowing with our customers. We do not allow our customers to over extend themselves with loans larger than they can afford.
DFC is up front with you. We explain the loan terms clearly, letting you know exactly what are the loan fees and payments. With DFC there are NO HIDDEN FEES.
Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Loans
SAVE MONEY by Investing in Energy Saving for your business and home. It allows you to SAVE money by reducing your long-term costs. DFC is the only bank offering RE/EE loans for Businesses and Homes. At only 6% (Reducing Balance) the loan pays for itself from the savings you make.
Renewable Energy loans are for Solar power, Wind Power, Solar water heating, Alternative Fuels (Bio-gas etc.)
Energy Efficiency Loans – LED Lighting, High SEER Air Conditioners, High efficiency Refrigeration, Heat pump or gas based clothes dryers, Low flow toilets, Low Flow Faucets and Shower heads, Water catchment (Vats) & recycling systems and Building Envelopes such as white roofing (Cool Roofing), insulated windows, walls, air curtains, occupancy sensors etc.