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

Claire Kelly Asia and the Pacific, Field Team Blogs, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners 1 Comment

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 …

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The Spark of Entrepreneurship + Whole Planet Foundation: Part I

Whole Planet Foundation Latin America and the Caribbean, Microcredit, Teysha 4 Comments

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 …

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 …

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Assessing Poverty with a Stoplight

Whole Planet Foundation Field Team Blogs, Latin America and the Caribbean, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners, Travel 0 Comments

This guest blog comes from Roxana Newton, Whole Planet Foundation’s Regional Director for Latin America and North America. Whole Planet supports microfinance institutions (MFIs) serving vulnerable communities and promoting financial inclusion throughout these communities throughout the world. You may be wondering: how do WPF partners identify their target client and communities? How do …

Living on One + Whole Planet Foundation: 2017 Update

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This guest blog comes to us from our friends at Living on One, the filmmaking team behind Living on One Dollar. It’s been an exciting year for Living on One, Whole Planet Foundation and the communities in Guatemala that we’ve supported with microloans. Thanks to your generous donations, we’ve raised …