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 …

Celebrating International Widows Day in Egypt with Global Fund for Widows

Whole Planet FoundationMicrofinance Partners, The Middle East and North Africa

For over a decade, the United Nations has been observing June 23rd as International Widows’ Day. This day serves as a wonderful opportunity to draw attention to the voices of widows and their experiences. This year, the Global Fund for Widows (GFW) is pleased to celebrate  International Widows Day with …

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

Whole Planet FoundationField Officer Awards, Sub-Saharan Africa, The Middle East and North Africa

Unlike at traditional banks, portfolio managers for microfinance institutions need to travel daily to villages and often the homes of their clients as a key part of building a bond with the entrepreneurs they want to ensure succeed with the loans they take from WPF’s partners. This means long days …

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Fair Trade Safaris: Experience the Best of Africa while Making an Impact

Whole Planet FoundationEvents, Sub-Saharan Africa, The Middle East and North Africa, Travel

This guest blog comes to us from Fair Trade Safaris, a new donor supporting our mission and Platinum Sponsor of this year’s Party with a Purpose Benefit in Austin, Texas. You can bid on a Fair Trade Safari package at this year’s event or online. Bid online from anywhere on …

global fund for widows

WPF Funds New Partner in Egypt: Global Fund for Widows

Brian DoeMicrofinance Partners, The Middle East and North Africa

Whole Planet Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved a grant to support the growth of an innovative business loan program in Egypt supporting widows and other female heads of households (FHHs) in rural communities of Upper Egypt. The program is designed to economically empower widows and FHHs by increasing their …

Microfinance Institutions of the Year Make an Impact in their Communities

Katey GorskiAsia and the Pacific, Foundation News, The Middle East and North Africa

In January 2015, we launched the Microfinance Institution (MFI) of the Year Award to acknowledge and appreciate our outstanding partners demonstrating leadership in the microfinance industry both regionally and globally.  The award features organizations that continue to responsibly provide sound financial services while incorporating new, more and/or better products and services for …