Mobile Money Ensures Continued Success Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis in Uganda

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For three entrepreneurial women business partners in Uganda, the emerging COVID-19 crisis posed an immediate threat to their newly started business. Pictured above, the three entrepreneurs, Nancy, Lilly, and Irene stand on their business premises in Patira East Village. After successfully completing a training program in December 2019 with Whole …

Nine Outstanding Field Officers Recognized in 2020 Latin American Field Officer Awards

Stephanie Manciagli COVID-19, Field Officer Awards, Field Team Blogs, Latin America and the Caribbean, Microfinance Partners Leave a Comment

Whole Planet Foundation’s annual Field Officer Awards for the Latin American region were distributed in August 2020. This special honor is designed to go to a Field Officer who has gone above and beyond his/her role to provide financial services to low income entrepreneurs . Often, award nominations are submitted …

As Important as Ever: Microloans for Women-Owned Small Businesses in the United States

JP Kloninger COVID-19, Microfinance Partners, The United States Leave a Comment

After five consecutive years of declines in the national poverty rate, the United States is expected to experience a spike of approximately 6.5% (from 12.4% to 18.9%) in 2020.  This means an increase of over 21 million individuals living in poverty, resulting in the highest poverty level in the United …

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Microfinance Partner BRAC Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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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 …

Webinars Share Best Practices and Innovations Concerning COVID-19 in Latin America

Stephanie Manciagli COVID-19, Latin America and the Caribbean, Microfinance Partners Leave a Comment

Prompted by interest from our network of microfinance partners, WPF organized two webinars to bring together our Latin American and Caribbean network of microfinance partners. The first call, in June 2020, gathered ten microfinance institutions to discuss how each was managing the COVID-19 crisis; if and how they were disbursing …

Technology in Microfinance and its Impact on Coping with the COVID Crisis

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Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, many of Whole Planet Foundation’s microfinance partners were already investing in better internal systems and technology to manage their client portfolios. These partners have been the best positioned to manage their operations remotely, track how clients are being affected by COVID-19 restrictions and roll-out services …

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

Daniel Zoltani COVID-19, Field Team Blogs, Foundation News, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners 1 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

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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 …

Why Does Such A Thing Exist? Solidarity Microfinance for Women in the United States

JP Kloninger Microcredit, Microfinance Partners, The United States Leave a Comment

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines poverty as “the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.”  However, what is “usual” or “socially acceptable” can vary quite a bit from one person, family, or community to the next, and certainly from one country to …

Community Health Facilitators Support CASHPOR’s COVID Response

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

One of India’s first responses to the COVID crisis was a strict lockdown from late March through May.  During this period, government guidelines restricted movements, especially across jurisdictions.  This in turn directly limited the ability of the staff of WPF’s partner, CASHPOR, to move across their operational area (rural areas …