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Microfinance Partner BRAC Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Zoe So COVID-19, Field Team Blogs, Microfinance Partners Leave a Comment

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every one of our microfinance partners in different ways. The experience of this twin economic and health crisis differs from person to person, family to family, community to community, country to country. The Whole Planet Foundation team has been checking in with microfinance partners throughout …

WPF and Microfinance Partners Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis: Update

Daniel Zoltani COVID-19, Field Team Blogs, Foundation News, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners Leave a Comment

In March, I wrote the blog Whole Planet Foundation and Microfinance Partners Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis around how those living in poverty are already in a more vulnerable position, which can be further exacerbated during any external shock such as war, earthquakes, droughts or health crises. Seven months into …

Last-Mile Investment in Malawi: An Interview with GGEM Farming’s Ko Chijota

Zoe So Field Team Blogs, Foundation News, Microfinance Partners, Sub-Saharan Africa 1 Comment

The Whole Planet Foundation team is excited to introduce our new partnership with GGEM Farming, a young social enterprise operating out of Nkhotakota, on the shores of Lake Malawi. GGEM Farming is the first partner we are engaging under a new initiative to make our funding more accessible to early …

Entrepreneurship in Nepal through the Microfranchise Approach

Claire Kelly Asia and the Pacific, Field Team Blogs, Foundation News, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners 1 Comment

Kalpavriksha is one of the newest social enterprise partners in our Asia/Pacific portfolio.  Kalpavriksha belongs to Pollinate Group and its sister organization, Asha Kiran, operates in India.  Whole Planet Foundation (WPF) typically supports organizations who use financing as a means of supporting entrepreneurship for low income communities.  Kalpavriksha’s program adds …

Coronavirus is the Latest Dire Challenge Facing Poor Entrepreneurs in Ghana

Brian Doe Field Team Blogs, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners Leave a Comment

ID Ghana is helping build strong foundations to help them weather tough times. This is a photo of a loan group called Unity Group made up of microentrepreneurs in the poor, northern Accra suburb of Pokuase served by Whole Planet Foundation’s Ghanaian microfinance partner ID Ghana. I visited this group …

Human Resilience, Microfinance, and the Evolution of Potatoes

JP Kloninger Field Team Blogs, Latin America and the Caribbean, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners 2 Comments

J.P. Kloninger is the Programs Manager for Whole Foods Market Team Member Giving and Whole Planet Foundation’s North America microfinance portfolio. He previously served as Program Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, and as Administrator of Finance and Business Analysis.  A native Californian who grew up in Costa Rica, J.P. …

Field Officer Award for Asia and the Pacific: Highlights from Vietnam

Claire Kelly Field Officer Awards, Field Team Blogs, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners Leave a Comment

At the end of 2019, WPF invited all partners in the Asia/Pacific region to participate in the field officer appreciation award. After a WPF community vote, there are five grand prize winners and twelve honorable mentions. You’ll notice that all three of WPF’s partners in Vietnam received the top recognition!  This …

Reaching Entrepreneurs in Ukraine with Anisia

Brian Doe Eastern Europe, Field Team Blogs, Travel Leave a Comment

In Ukraine, Whole Planet Foundation is helping local Credit Union Anisia to better serve very small rural enterprises with financing that adapts the successful group loan methodology used internationally, but rarely in Central and Eastern Europe. Anisia launched this new outreach strategy to Ukrainian entrepreneurs by partnering with an innovative …

Financial Inclusion for What? Celebrating Financial Inclusion Week with a profile of CASHPOR

Claire Kelly Asia and the Pacific, Field Team Blogs, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners Leave a Comment

During this year’s Financial Inclusion Week, Accion’s Center for Financial Inclusion asks, “Financial Inclusion for What?” In other words, what are the main goals that financial inclusion is striving to achieve? Whole Planet Foundation (WPF) has been a unique capital provider in the financial inclusion space for almost 15 years. …