Preparedness as a Pathway to Resilience in Haiti

Stephanie Manciagli Latin America and the Caribbean, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners, Travel 1 Comment

As new natural and economic disasters arise year after year, resilience and preparedness become increasingly important. With every new threat, families around the world mull over the same considerations: How would we receive warnings in the event of an emergency? How would we obtain our daily medications? Just as we …

Entrepreneurship in Nepal through the Microfranchise Approach

Claire Kelly Asia and the Pacific, Field Team Blogs, Foundation News, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners Leave a 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 …

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. …

People Power Microcredit: Behind the Scenes in Latin America

Whole Planet Foundation Field Officer Awards, Latin America and the Caribbean, Microfinance Partners 2 Comments

This year, we are bringing you People Power Microcredit, a newsletter series that goes behind the scenes to show you the incredible people driving our mission forward. You’ll meet volunteers, Field Credit Officers, Whole Planet Foundation Team Members, and others dedicated to eradicating poverty and empowering entrepreneurs. This month, meet …

Front Line Financial Inclusion: Field Officer Appreciation Award – Asia/Pacific

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

“Microfinance has always been a high-touch business, with personal contact playing an indispensable role in the delivery of financial services for low-income clients. Human relationships and values like trust and empathy are crucial in determining whether a microfinance institution (MFI) will be able to grow and remain sustainable. And it …

Broadening Financial Inclusion Borders in Bangladesh

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

Spotlight on WPF’s Bold, New Partnerships According to Women’s World Banking, “Women in Bangladesh have the highest-ever rates of literacy and employment, and the country’s economy is growing. Financial inclusion now stands at more than 50 percent, nearly doubling in the past few years. But the financial inclusion gender gap …