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 1 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 …

Power Your Purpose Virtual 5K Raises $63,000

Whole Planet Foundation 10K Supplier Partners, Events Leave a Comment

Fifteen hundred participants joined Whole Planet Foundation’s Power Your Purpose Virtual 5K to run, walk, bike or move for microcredit on June 27, 2020.  Funds raised from this online event will fund more than 360 microcredit loans through Whole Planet Foundation, creating 1,900 opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs and their family members …

Celebrating Impact in Egypt with GFW on International Widows Day

Whole Planet Foundation Microcredit, Microfinance Partners, The Middle East and North Africa Leave a Comment

This blog post comes from our microfinance partner Global Fund for Widows (GFW) in Egypt. It originally appeared here on the Global Fund for Widows website. On the 10th anniversary of International Widows Day, the Global Fund for Widows and its partner Whole Planet Foundation, mark an important milestone in …