Right Now Counts Forever

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Thanks to Theresa Kiene from Homemade harvey for authoring this blog post. I didn’t intend to start a business. I just wanted to solve a problem – getting enough fresh fruits and vegetables in me and my family’s diet.  And since our lives weren’t slowing down anytime soon we needed fresh …

Bring back the American Dream for struggling families

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Help American Winter make an impact in communities and legislatures nationwide Posted by Joe and Harry Gantz, Directors/Producers of American Winter American Winter, which is now playing on HBO, follows the stories of families struggling to keep their heads above water in the wake of the Great Recession, and highlights …

A Story from our Partner – MicroLoan Foundation

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A huge thanks to Peter Ryan, Founder and CEO of the MicroLoan Foundation, for contributing this blog post. MicroLoan Foundation is a Whole Planet Foundation partner in Malawi where WFM sources WTG vegan cane sugar. We chose to set up in Malawi because it is one of the poorest countries …

Learn more about Carolyn from One Acre Fund

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One Acre Fund is an agriculture nonprofit that offers asset-based microfinance to over 130,000 smallholder farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi. This blog post, written by communications associate Hailey Tucker, describes one of One Acre Fund’s (OAF) field staff in Kenya. Before the weekly facilitator’s meeting in Khalumuli, Kenya, farmers …

Interest Rates in Microfinance

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Do you remember walking to class in college and that same guy would ask you if you needed a credit card?  I think his name was Timmy. For me at least, it came down to easy cash from Timmy or the blood bank.  Books (beer) weren’t getting any cheaper. After …

Photos: Typical Microcredit Client Businesses

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Imagine you’re given $200 to start your own business, what do you do? Given that our average loan size around the world is about $200, this is the decision microcredit clients are often faced with. Most of these entrepreneurs have never been given access to capital and most have struggled significantly …

Group Lending

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One aspect of microfinance that is as equally as important to the borrowers as it is the lenders is the Group Lending method that the Grameen Bank uses. Group, or solidarity lending, as defined by Wikipedia (everyone’s favorite website) is a lending practice where small groups borrow collectively and group members …