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Returning to Travel and The Questions That Come First

Stephanie ManciagliCOVID-19, Field Team Blogs, Travel

While borders have mostly reopened around the world, albeit with travel restrictions and potential quarantines, Whole Planet Foundation has continued to work with our partners virtually while monitoring the global situation, as WPF’s Global Program’s Director outlines in this blog. After 18 months of working virtually, in stark contrast to …

Reaching Entrepreneurs in Ukraine with Anisia

Brian DoeEastern Europe, Field Team Blogs, Travel

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 …

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

Brian DoeField Team Blogs, Sub-Saharan Africa, Travel

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 …

Cash Shortages Create Problems in Zimbabwe

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

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 …

photographer on safari with elephant

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 …

poverty stoplight

Assessing Poverty with a Stoplight

Whole Planet FoundationField Team Blogs, Latin America and the Caribbean, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners, Travel

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 …

Field Notes from Paraguay

Whole Planet FoundationLatin America and the Caribbean, Supplier Partnerships, Team Member Volunteers, Travel, Whole Foods Market Stores

This guest blog comes to us from Adelle Housker, who visited Paraguay on the Whole Foods Market® Team Member Volunteer Program in September 2017. “When it’s really hot, that sometimes happens,” said our guide, Maria del Mar. The lights and air conditioning died while we were eating lunch at a …

Living on One + Whole Planet Foundation: 2017 Update

Whole Planet FoundationFoundation News, Microcredit, Travel

This guest blog comes to us from our friends at Optimist, 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 over $300,000 …