August 16, 2021
DelfinGroup increases support for the elderly by donating for the purchase of medical equipment throughout Latvia
Latvian financial service company AS DelfinGroup, in cooperation with its long-term partner the Association of Senior Communities in Latvia (Latvijas senioru kopienu apvienība - LSKA), is expanding its support for seniors throughout Latvia and placing special emphasis on the people in regions. The donations made this year will help to ensure the purchase of medical equipment in social care institutions in 15 cities of Latvia and to continue educating seniors in the areas of financial literacy and IT.
Ivars Lamberts, Member of the Management Board of AS DelfinGroup: “When we started our cooperation with LSKA several years ago, we realised how important it is to support the elderly both with the purchase of medical equipment and the development of financial skills, as well as the creation of socialisation opportunities. This is why we continue to increase our donations every year to improve more and more important areas. Additional donations made by DelfinGroup will provide medical equipment and aids in social care institutions in many regions of Latvia. It is important to us that the cooperation is not limited to financial support, therefore, we are actively working to offer educational opportunities as well. For example, together with LSKA we organise IT and financial skills seminars. There is a lot of work to be done, but we see improvements step by step.”
In addition to the support provided at the beginning of 2021, AS DelfinGroup signed an agreement on making donations to LSKA for the purchase of medical equipment in order to improve the quality of life of the elderly. By the end of the year, it is planned to hand over the medical inventory and materials that LSKA will purchase for the received donation to 15 social care institutions, hospitals, nursing homes and associations throughout Latvia.
In several social care institutions, seniors are already successfully using medical equipment and inventory purchased as donations - for example, a special oxygen device at Mazsalaca Hospital, walkers, wheelchairs, crutches and various electrical equipment in the Līvāni Day Center. Seniors in the care of Auce and Alūksne social services will also receive the necessary medical equipment in the near future.
Chairman of the Management Board of LSKA, Astrīda Babāne: “We are very happy that because of the financial support provided by AS DelfinGroup, we are able to help many seniors, who spend the rest of their lives in social care centres. The gifting of medical equipment to these institutions has become a good tradition, and we are really pleased that the amount of aid is growing every year. Last year we donated medical care products and inventory to long-term social care patients at Dundaga Health centre; this year, with the support of AS DelfinGroup, medical equipment and aids, including the oxygen device necessary for Covid-19 patients, were handed over to Mazsalaca Hospital. Dobele Municipality home care workers have also received special inventory, and the Līvāni day care centre, Viļaka social care centre and Šķilbēni social care house have received medical equipment.”
Established in 2009, AS DelfinGroup is a licensed holding company in the finance field, representing the brands Banknote, VIZIA and Rīgas pilsētas lombards. The company employs 277 professionals in 93 subsidiaries in 38 Latvian cities. AS DelfinGroup operates in the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Alternative Financial Services Association of Latvia and has earned Golden level status in the State Revenue Service cooperation programme. The net operating services of AS DelfinGroup are the sale of used goods in subsidiaries and on the internet, pawn loans, consumer loans and senior loans with special customised terms for seniors. AS DelfinGroup bonds are listed on the Nasdaq Riga First North. In 2020 the company had a turnover of 23.7 million euros, the loan portfolio reached 34.6 million euros, EBITDA increased to 9.3 million euros and earnings before tax reached 4.65 million euros. The calculated taxes of AS DelfinGroup in 2020 are 3.42 million euros.
The Association of Senior Communities in Latvia was founded in 2017 with an aim of representing the rights of the senior community and their cooperation partners in local governments, at the national and also international level. The main tasks of LSKA include promoting the process of socialisation and social integration of the elderly, increasing the role of the elderly in the public sector, politics and business, promoting discussion in local government and national government on topical governance issues, participating in advisory councils, promoting and activating the activity of the senior community. The achievements of LSKA can be viewed on the website: https://www.lskapvieniba.lv/lv/