Reaching Entrepreneurs in Ukraine with Anisia

Brian Doe Eastern Europe, Field Team Blogs, Travel 0 Comments

In Ukraine, Whole Planet Foundation is helping local Credit Union Anisia to better serve very small rural enterprises with financing that adapts the successful group loan methodology used internationally, but rarely in Central and Eastern Europe. Anisia launched this new outreach strategy to Ukrainian entrepreneurs by partnering with an innovative …

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

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

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. …

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 …

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

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

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 …

Mobile Money Meets Traditional Microfinance in Kenya

Zoe So Field Team Blogs, Sub-Saharan Africa 0 Comments

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. …

Front Line Financial Inclusion: Field Officer Appreciation Award – Asia/Pacific

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

“Microfinance has always been a high-touch business, with personal contact playing an indispensable role in the delivery of financial services for low-income clients. Human relationships and values like trust and empathy are crucial in determining whether a microfinance institution (MFI) will be able to grow and remain sustainable. And it …

Broadening Financial Inclusion Borders in Bangladesh

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

Spotlight on WPF’s Bold, New Partnerships According to Women’s World Banking, “Women in Bangladesh have the highest-ever rates of literacy and employment, and the country’s economy is growing. Financial inclusion now stands at more than 50 percent, nearly doubling in the past few years. But the financial inclusion gender gap …

Babban Gona Partnership Funds Farmers in Rural Nigeria

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In Nigeria, where Whole Foods Market sources ginger, Whole Planet Foundation offers scale capital to the agriculture social enterprise Babban Gona. Babban Gona is working to make rural farming profitable for smallholder farmers in northern Nigeria. Their founder, Kola Masha, started the business to engage young Nigerians that have increasingly …

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 …