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Vital Farms: Making Lasting Change by Supporting Small Businesses

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Back in 2007, when Matt and Catherine O’Hayer started pasture-raising hens, their thoughts were never just on the birds in their care, but in using whatever means at their disposal to effect lasting change. Directly, that meant challenging long-held assumptions in the food business – that sustainable could not mean …

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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

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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 …

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Growing Women’s Empowerment Through the Moringa Tree  

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Meet Pierrette, a mother of five, a moringa farmer, and entrepreneur from Benin, West Africa. After tragedy hit her family, she formed a moringa farming cooperative. She was able to pull herself and 133 women members out of poverty by growing, processing, and selling moringa tree leaves. Growing Women’s Empowerment …

The Importance of Savings in Burkina Faso

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View a French translation of this blog post. Madeleine, the President of one of Yikri Burkina Faso’s microfinance groups, has successfully taken business loans to support livestock rearing activities. However, when explaining the difference the Yikri program had made in her life, she first recounted not the impact of credit on …