Thank You for Joining our Party with a Purpose Online Auction & Celebration

Olivia Hayden Events, News, Supplier Partnerships Leave a Comment

The Whole Planet Foundation Poverty Is Unnecessary Project includes Poverty Is Unnecessary Fund members donating $25,000 each to alleviate global poverty and culminates in the Poverty Is Unnecessary Online Auction & Celebration on October 25th.  This year, the online event marks 15 years of this work by Whole Planet Foundation and its passionate supporters. Party with …

Poverty is Unnecessary Fund Partners Donate $350,000 to Fund Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

Sandy Mariscal 25K Supplier Partners, Whole Foods Market Stores Leave a Comment

Suppliers of Whole Foods Market fund microloans through Whole Planet Foundation to empower microentrepreneurs living in poverty with the opportunity to start or expand a small business, often home-based.  With a microcredit loan, an entrepreneur may create a food stand, expand her sewing business, buy stock for her neighborhood kiosk, or …

Whole Foods Market Foundations Launch Communities Campaign to Support Local and Global Communities

Joy Stoddard Foundation News, Press Releases Leave a Comment

Shoppers & suppliers help alleviate poverty, improve children’s nutrition and expand healthy food access and nutrition education during two-week campaign. Whole Foods Market’s three philanthropic Foundations have combined forces to kick off the Communities Campaign today, a two-week drive to raise awareness and funds, enabling shoppers to join the retailer …

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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 …

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

Brian Doe COVID-19, Microfinance Partners Leave a Comment

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 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 …

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 …