Celebrate #IWD2021 with Whole Planet Foundation

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Whole Planet Foundation is celebrating the power of women entrepreneurs during March 7-8 with a virtual event in honor of International Women’s Day. The March 7-8 online event celebrates International Women’s Day and is dedicated to expanding women’s opportunities through access to business capital.  Thanks to sponsors, proceeds from the event will fund …

It’s Not All Fun and Games… But Sometimes it is: Gamification and Game Theory in Microfinance

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To alleviate poverty on a large scale is serious business. There is nothing funny about the living conditions of too many people around the world who struggle to make ends meet for themselves and their families. However, despite its popular connotation implying having fun, the word ‘game’ has at least …

Navigating COVID-19 in Bhutan: Providing Additional Capital to RENEW Microfinance Private Limited

Claire Kelly Asia and the Pacific, COVID-19, Field Team Blogs 1 Comment

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of WPF’s microfinance partners have faced increasing demands from clients for both loans and savings withdrawals.  At the same time, many clients have faced difficulties in making repayments on their existing loans due to slowed business activity and/or travel restrictions and lockdowns.  In response to …

13 More Brands Giving Back This Holiday Season 

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We are grateful to suppliers of Whole Foods Market alleviating poverty with us this holiday season! To date, supplier partners have donated over $14 million to create economic opportunity for those that lack access to financial services in communities where Whole Foods Market sources products. We are excited to highlight these additional brands donating a portion of sales to …

Eleven Brands Alleviating Poverty this Holiday Season

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Suppliers of Whole Foods Market are alleviating poverty this holiday season! To date, suppliers have donated over $14 million to create economic opportunity for those who lack access to financial services in communities where Whole Foods Market sources products.   From December 1 –31, 2020, select brands are donating a portion of sales to benefit …

two women farmers in their field

An Examination of Philanthropy, Bias, and Local-Led Initiatives for Development

Zoe So Microcredit, Microfinance Partners, Sub-Saharan Africa 1 Comment

There are some deep biases embedded in philanthropy and aid. These biases favor channeling resources to international and expat-led companies over local organizations. Some startling numbers which illustrate this trend include: “Less than 2% of all humanitarian funding goes directly to local NGOs, despite them taking the lion’s share of …

Whole Foods Market Nonprofit Foundations Raise $658,787 to Support Local and Global Communities

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Shoppers and suppliers are alleviating poverty, improving children’s nutrition and expanding healthy food access and nutrition education. The three Whole Foods Market Foundations combined forces in a Communities Campaign last month to raise awareness and funds, enabling shoppers to join the retailer in efforts to alleviate global poverty, improve children’s …

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

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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 …