Financial Inclusion for What? Celebrating Financial Inclusion Week with a profile of CASHPOR

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During this year’s Financial Inclusion Week, Accion’s Center for Financial Inclusion asks, “Financial Inclusion for What?” In other words, what are the main goals that financial inclusion is striving to achieve? Whole Planet Foundation (WPF) has been a unique capital provider in the financial inclusion space for almost 15 years. …

135 Advocates Join the Poverty is Unnecessary Project

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The Poverty Is Unnecessary Project includes Poverty Is Unnecessary Fund members donating $25,000 each to alleviate global poverty, and the Poverty Is Unnecessary Benefit & Auction that will celebrate the impact of this work by Whole Planet Foundation and its many supporters. This year’s generous Poverty Is Unnecessary Fund partners contributing $25,000 each are …

These Brands will Donate $25K to Alleviate Global Poverty

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In 2005, Whole Foods Market identified microcredit as the vehicle by which it would support the global communities where the company sources products. A company-wide Global 5% Giving Day at Whole Foods Market stores on October 25th resulted in a donation of $525,000, which launched Whole Planet Foundation’s mission to …

Support for Savings: How Microfinance Partners add Value to their Clients

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Whole Planet Foundation’s funds are provided to our partner microfinance institutions (MFIs) to be distributed to borrowers as microloans or in-kind productive assets (like cows, sewing machines, or solar lamps). For most of our partners, the loan is given in a “credit-plus” context. This means that the MFI would provide …

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People Power Microcredit: Kimo Sabe’s Ashley Kvamme

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Kimo Sabe Mezcal has been supporting Whole Planet Foundation since 2016 with product donations of mezcal for fundraising events and starting this year contributing, through its non-profit organization, $1 per bottle sold in select Whole Foods Market locations. Check out this video to learn more about Kimo Sabe’s origin story, and …

Whole Planet Foundation and Major Donors are Alleviating Poverty in Florida through Grameen America

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Featured photo: Some of our group with microcredit client Yareli and her daughter, in her bakery. Photo courtesy of Olivia Hayden. Whole Planet Foundation alleviates poverty in 17 cities in the United States and  that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products. In Miami, the Foundation supports our primary microfinance …

New Mobile Phone Services Empower Rural Businesses in Cote D’Ivoire

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Last month I went Cote D’Ivoire to visit WPF long-time microfinance partner PAMF, who administers group microloans to rural entrepreneurs and farmers. This visit allowed me to observe the initial roll-out of a new mobile phone-based platform that WPF provided grant funding to help build. The platform will allow anyone …

People Power Microcredit: Behind the Scenes in Latin America

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This year, we are bringing you People Power Microcredit, a newsletter series that goes behind the scenes to show you the incredible people driving our mission forward. You’ll meet volunteers, Field Credit Officers, Whole Planet Foundation Team Members, and others dedicated to eradicating poverty and empowering entrepreneurs. This month, meet …

Annual Prosperity Campaign Surpasses $4 Million for Microentrepreneurs

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With the tremendous support of Whole Foods Market shoppers, team members and volunteers, donors, and corporate partners, the 2019 Whole Planet Foundation Annual Prosperity Campaign raised $4,249,706 during the month of March.  These efforts will support more than 128,000 people with the chance to lift themselves out of poverty through microcredit. Each year, …

Mobile Money Meets Traditional Microfinance in Kenya

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At a microfinance group meeting, you might see a lot of paper: piles of cash, thick record books to record attendance and meeting minutes; repayment schedules; group loan balance reports; passbooks. At the branch office, too, more paper: stacks and binders and file cabinets full of applications and loan contracts. …