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

Whole Planet Foundation Events, Sub-Saharan Africa, The Middle East and North Africa, Travel 0 Comments

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 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 …

Field Notes from Paraguay

Whole Planet Foundation Latin America and the Caribbean, Supplier Partnerships, Team Member Volunteers, Travel, Whole Foods Market Stores 0 Comments

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 Foundation Foundation News, Microcredit, Travel 2 Comments

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 …

Giving Thanks: Field Officer Appreciation Award for Africa/Middle East

Whole Planet Foundation Field Officer Awards, Foundation News, Microcredit, Travel 5 Comments

It’s the season of giving thanks, and Whole Planet Foundation wants to acknowledge the achievements of our microfinance partners’ field officers, who are often the main point of contact between a microfinance organization and the entrepreneurs financing their businesses with micro-loans. In July 2014 we piloted a new Field Officer …

Supporting Refugees with Microcredit in Phoenix

Joy Stoddard Domestic Microlending, Foundation News, Microcredit, The United States, Travel 3 Comments

Whole Planet Foundation and donors meet in Arizona to witness a holistic approach to microcredit. With more than 22 million refugees in the world today, Whole Planet Foundation is proud to partner with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) who has been supporting refugees for 40 years. A refugee is defined as …