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The Spark of Entrepreneurship + Whole Planet Foundation: Part I

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This two part guest blog series comes to us from Sophie Eckrich, a former Whole Planet Foundation intern and founder of Teysha. Ten years ago, I embarked for a life-changing journey as an intern for Whole Planet Foundation with their microfinance partner, Grameen Bank, in Panajachel, Guatemala. I was 19 …

Financial Diaries: Lessons from Small Enterprise Foundation in South Africa

Zoe So Field Team Blogs, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners, Sub-Saharan Africa 2 Comments

One of the core assumptions of microfinance is that the ability to reach a large number of borrowers helps bring efficiencies, sustainability, and impact. Many microfinance organizations often talk about their success in terms of scale and big picture numbers: how many borrowers do they reach? How big has the …

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Growing Women’s Empowerment Through the Moringa Tree  

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Meet Pierrette, a mother of five, a moringa farmer, and entrepreneur from Benin, West Africa. After tragedy hit her family, she formed a moringa farming cooperative. She was able to pull herself and 133 women members out of poverty by growing, processing, and selling moringa tree leaves. Growing Women’s Empowerment …

The Importance of Savings in Burkina Faso

Brian Doe Field Team Blogs, Microfinance Partners, Sub-Saharan Africa 0 Comments

View a French translation of this blog post. Madeleine, the President of one of Yikri Burkina Faso’s microfinance groups, has successfully taken business loans to support livestock rearing activities. However, when explaining the difference the Yikri program had made in her life, she first recounted not the impact of credit on …

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Supplier Alliance for Microcredit: Thank You for Making Our Work Possible

Olivia Hayden 50K Supplier Partners, Prosperity Campaign, Supplier Partnerships, Whole Foods Market Stores 1 Comment

Our annual Prosperity Campaign has raised over $2.7 million since March 1st because of your support! In addition to donations from individuals and Team Members in Whole Foods Market® stores and online, generous Supplier Partners in our $100K Fund and the $50K Supplier Alliance for Microcredit support this effort and …

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$100,000 Fund Partners are Powering Her Potential

Olivia Hayden 100K Supplier Partners, Prosperity Campaign, Supplier Partnerships, Whole Foods Market Stores 0 Comments

Each year, during March, Whole Foods Market® stores raise funds for Whole Planet Foundation’s work for our annual Prosperity Campaign. Our generous Supplier Partners in the $100K Fund and the $50K Supplier Alliance for Microcredit support this effort and together represent over $1.2 million pledged in contributions for 2018.  The …

Funding the Graduation Model in Haiti and Uganda

Zoe So Field Team Blogs, Latin America and the Caribbean, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners, Sub-Saharan Africa 3 Comments

Whole Planet Foundation is committed to investing in entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial solutions to alleviating poverty, now and for future generations. Since the beginning, we’ve remained focused on supporting microfinance organizations that target the most marginalized, excluded, or poorest entrepreneurs. But in some cases, households trapped in extreme poverty aren’t able …