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Microfinance vs. Informal Finance: A Fair Comparison?

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

If microfinance is so effective, then why hasn’t the industry put informal moneylenders out of business? This is the question that a recent paper, Microfinance for poverty alleviation: Do transnational initiatives overlook fundamental questions of competition and intermediation? in Transnational Corporations and accompanying blog set out to find the answer …

KOMIDA’s Social Performance Management Journey

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

KOMIDA: Investing in a Future without Poverty in Indonesia As part of Whole Planet Foundation’s annual due diligence visits to our microfinance partners around the globe, we observe the presence or absence of “responsible finance indicators” which shed light on how our partners are serving the world’s poorest people. Many …

Whole Planet Foundation and Donors Visit Harlem Entrepreneurs Supported by Grameen America

Joy Stoddard Microfinance Partners, Supplier Partnerships, The United States Leave a Comment

Whole Planet Foundation has funded microfinance partner Grameen America since 2007, contributing $4.7 million to date to alleviate poverty in the United States in 14 cities including New York. Grameen America is dedicated to helping entrepreneurial women who live in poverty build businesses to generate income for themselves and their …

Financial Diaries: Lessons from Small Enterprise Foundation in South Africa

Zoe So Field Team Blogs, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners, Sub-Saharan Africa 2 Comments

One of the core assumptions of microfinance is that the ability to reach a large number of borrowers helps bring efficiencies, sustainability, and impact. Many microfinance organizations often talk about their success in terms of scale and big picture numbers: how many borrowers do they reach? How big has the …

The Importance of Savings in Burkina Faso

Brian Doe Field Team Blogs, Microfinance Partners, Sub-Saharan Africa Leave a Comment

View a French translation of this blog post. Madeleine, the President of one of Yikri Burkina Faso’s microfinance groups, has successfully taken business loans to support livestock rearing activities. However, when explaining the difference the Yikri program had made in her life, she first recounted not the impact of credit on …

Funding the Graduation Model in Haiti and Uganda

Zoe So Field Team Blogs, Latin America and the Caribbean, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners, Sub-Saharan Africa 3 Comments

Whole Planet Foundation is committed to investing in entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial solutions to alleviating poverty, now and for future generations. Since the beginning, we’ve remained focused on supporting microfinance organizations that target the most marginalized, excluded, or poorest entrepreneurs. But in some cases, households trapped in extreme poverty aren’t able …

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WPF Funds New Partner in Egypt: Global Fund for Widows

Brian Doe Microfinance Partners, The Middle East and North Africa 3 Comments

Whole Planet Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved a grant to support the growth of an innovative business loan program in Egypt supporting widows and other female heads of households (FHHs) in rural communities of Upper Egypt. The program is designed to economically empower widows and FHHs by increasing their …

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Assessing Poverty with a Stoplight

Whole Planet Foundation Field Team Blogs, Latin America and the Caribbean, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners, Travel Leave a Comment

This guest blog comes from Roxana Newton, Whole Planet Foundation’s Regional Director for Latin America and North America. Whole Planet supports microfinance institutions (MFIs) serving vulnerable communities and promoting financial inclusion throughout these communities throughout the world. You may be wondering: how do WPF partners identify their target client and communities? How do …