Ultra-Poor Graduation Partnership to Reach 4000 in Burundi

Zoe So Field Team Blogs, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners, News, Sub-Saharan Africa 0 Comments

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 …

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Aflore and WPF Help Small Businesses Blossom in Colombia

JP Kloninger Field Team Blogs, Foundation News, Latin America and the Caribbean, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners 2 Comments

Whole Planet Foundation was created to support communities worldwide where Whole Foods Market sources products.  Flowers for Whole Foods Market stores across the US, Canada, and the UK, along with many other products, are sourced in large quantities from Colombia — so while it’s perhaps a bit of a happy …

Water and Sanitation Finance from KOMIDA in Indonesia

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According to The World Bank, approximately 20% of the world’s population does not have a toilet in their home.  Cost can be one challenge for a household.  According to CGAP, “In Indonesia, for example, connection to piped water systems averages $150, while a flush toilet can cost around $250. For comparison, …

Introducing Bidhaa Sasa, WPF’s Newest Partner in Kenya

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We’re excited to introduce Bidhaa Sasa, Whole Planet Foundation’s newest partner in Kenya. Bidhaa Sasa sells, delivers, and finances beneficial products to low income populations in rural areas. Our team likes their client-centric approach to affordable credit, responsive customer service, and attention to internal systems. Bidhaa Sasa means “Products now!” …

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Giving Thanks with the Field Officer Award: Africa and the Middle East

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During this holiday season, our team is thankful to our network of microfinance institutions, the implementing partners who administer the microloans Whole Planet Foundation funds. These partners employ staff members who serve microcredit clients, sometimes traveling miles by foot or motorbike to reach some of the least-served entrepreneurs around the …

Cash Shortages Create Problems in Zimbabwe

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

A few months ago, I visited WPF partner Thrive Zimbabwe with Daniel Zoltani, Whole Planet Foundation’s Global Director of Programs. We met many micro-entrepreneurs who had taken loans from Thrive for their small businesses. Some grew mushrooms to sell in the market and to stores. Others traveled to South Africa …

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Farming + Finance for a Path out of Poverty

JP Kloninger Field Team Blogs, Foundation News, Latin America and the Caribbean, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners 0 Comments

At Whole Planet Foundation, we hold that microfinance is not a “silver bullet,” but an important component in a series of factors which can permanently lift people, families, and communities out of poverty.  Additionally, because people near the base of the economic pyramid often rely on subsistence farming or basic …

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Microfinance vs. Informal Finance: A Fair Comparison?

Claire Kelly Asia and the Pacific, Field Team Blogs, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners 0 Comments

If microfinance is so effective, then why hasn’t the industry put informal moneylenders out of business? This is the question that a recent paper, Microfinance for poverty alleviation: Do transnational initiatives overlook fundamental questions of competition and intermediation? in Transnational Corporations and accompanying blog set out to find the answer …

KOMIDA’s Social Performance Management Journey

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KOMIDA: Investing in a Future without Poverty in Indonesia As part of Whole Planet Foundation’s annual due diligence visits to our microfinance partners around the globe, we observe the presence or absence of “responsible finance indicators” which shed light on how our partners are serving the world’s poorest people. Many …

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 …