Introducing the 2021 Field Officer Awards for Eastern and Southern Africa

Zoe SoField Officer Awards, Field Team Blogs

Every year, Whole Planet Foundation honors our partners’ front line field staff who are working directly with microentrepreneurs. In 2021, our partners have continued to navigate the challenges and unpredictability of the COVID pandemic. Their field officers offer services which extend far beyond credit and business capital support. These dedicated …

Reaching Entrepreneurs in Somalia through Partnership with KIMS Microfinance

Zoe SoFoundation News, Microfinance Partners, The Middle East and North Africa

Whole Planet Foundation is excited to announce our new partnership with KIMS Microfinance in Somalia! Our three-year, $300,000 project with KIMS will support an estimated 1,000 microentrepreneurs through the group business loan product. This project is Whole Planet Foundation’s first with outreach in Somalia beyond the Somaliland region. Financial services …

two women farmers in their field

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

Zoe SoMicrocredit, Microfinance Partners, Sub-Saharan Africa

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 …

woman in sierra leone selling soap

Microfinance Partner BRAC Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Zoe SoCOVID-19, Field Team Blogs, Microfinance Partners

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 …

Last-Mile Investment in Malawi: An Interview with GGEM Farming’s Ko Chijota

Zoe SoField Team Blogs, Foundation News, Microfinance Partners, Sub-Saharan Africa

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 …

Ultra-Poor Graduation Partnership to Reach 4000 in Burundi

Zoe SoField Team Blogs, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners, News, Sub-Saharan Africa

Whole Planet Foundation was founded to reach people living in poverty around the globe where Whole Foods Market sources products. We are excited to announce our new partnership with Concern Worldwide in Burundi to support their Terintambwe program, which provides case management services to ultra-poor households so they have opportunities …