Stories From The Field

Latin America/North America Field Officer Appreciation Award

by: Whole Planet Foundation

By Roxana Newton, WPF’s Latin/North America Program Manager Whole Planet Foundation is proud to fund microfinance institutions working tirelessly to serve some of the hardest-to-reach entrepreneurs in our program countries. Field Officers, also known as Field Credit Officers or Facilitators, are invaluable to the work of our institutional partners. This quarter, we awarded prizes to […]

Reducing Risk by Encouraging Resilience in Microfinance

by: Whole Planet Foundation

This blog comes to us from Zoe So, WPF’s Program Manager for the Africa/Middle East region. Microfinance provides opportunities for borrowers to start and reinvest in businesses; generate income; and carve their own pathways out of poverty. But the path isn’t always so smooth. Poor households are especially vulnerable to economic shocks, ranging from common […]

WPF Partner Jiro-Ve, Innovating Affordable Lighting Solutions in Madagascar

by: Whole Planet Foundation

This blog comes from Zoe So, WPF Program Manager for Africa and the Middle East. Many social enterprises focus on innovation of high-quality products designed to reach low-income customers. By the numbers, this bottom of the pyramid strategy to reach impact and market at scale seems to make sense – analysis of World Bank data […]

WPF Funds $300,000 in Ghana with New Partner

by: Brian Doe

This blog post comes to us from Brian Doe, WPF Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East. In April 2017, WPF signed a contract with a new microfinance partner in greater Accra called ID Ghana. To gain insight into the bustling Makola market in Accra, it may be helpful to read this 2015 article […]

This Earth Day, Nourish your Body and Create Prosperity with Moringa

by: Whole Planet Foundation

This guest blog feature comes to us from Emma Giloth of Kuli Kuli. From April 19 to May 2, for every Kuli Kuli product sold at participating Whole Foods Market stores, Kuli Kuli will plant a moringa tree and donate 15% of each sale towards funding loans for micro-entrepreneurs with Whole Planet Foundation’s microfinance partners. Moringa […]

Asia/Pacific Field Officer Appreciation Award

by: Claire Kelly

In the latest edition of the WPF Field Officer (FO) Appreciation Award, the Asia/Pacific Region collected 13 nominations from our regional partners in 2016/17. Congratulations to all the finalists and honorable mention winners! The Finalists WPF awarded prizes to 5 finalists. Each finalist received a $500 prize. The prize was split between a cash prize […]

Welcoming New Partners to the Class of 2017

by: Olivia Hayden

Suppliers Pledge Support in 2017 Since 2005, our partners who supply Whole Foods Market with products have given over 9 million dollars to alleviate poverty through microcredit. In 2016, partners contributed $2.1 million to help people around the world with a chance for a better life. Each year, new partners join us and some partners choose […]

Why We Give: $100K Fund Suppliers Create Prosperity

by: Olivia Hayden

Creating Prosperity Together This year, we aim to raise $3.2 million for poverty alleviation, and we just crossed the $3 million mark! We couldn’t do this without the help of our supplier partners, Whole Foods Market Team Members and shoppers, online donors, and YOU! As part of this year’s annual Prosperity Campaign, each of the […]

Adding Value in Sri Lanka

by: Claire Kelly

This blog comes to us from Claire Kelly, WPF’s Regional Director for Asia/Pacific. Adding Value: Berendina’s Enterprise Development Services (EDS) Providing access to credit is the fundamental service of all of Whole Planet Foundation’s microfinance partners. But what is the best way to support borrowers as they use their loan capital to start or grow […]

Why We Give: $50K Supplier Alliance for Microcredit

by: Olivia Hayden

Creating Prosperity Together This year, we aim to raise $3.2 million for poverty alleviation during our Annual Prosperity Campaign. We couldn’t do this without the help of our supplier partners, Whole Foods Market Team Members and shoppers, online donors, and YOU! As part of this year’s Prosperity Campaign, Alaffia, Hain Celestial, Hiball Energy, IZZE, Mamma […]

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