Stories From The Field

Giving Women Opportunity is Divine

by: Whole Planet Foundation

This guest blog comes to us from our supporters at Divine Chocolate. For the past few years, Divine Chocolate has partnered with Whole Planet Foundation to support its microfinance programs and women’s empowerment initiatives. We are pleased to continue the tradition this year with our Divine Chocolate Advent Calendar giveback program. For every calendar sold, not […]

Rishi Tea: Passion, Empowerment, and Authenticity

by: Whole Planet Foundation

For the past twelve years, Whole Planet Foundation has received generous support from Whole Foods Market® suppliers who donate funds to help people living in poverty access credit in the form of small loans. Partners who give $25,000 per year are called our “Poverty is Unnecessary Fund” partners, as they are helping us drive closer […]

Surya Brasil Empowers Entrepreneurs. You Can Too!

by: Whole Planet Foundation

For the past twelve years, Whole Planet Foundation has received generous support from Whole Foods Market® suppliers who donate funds to help people living in poverty access credit in the form of small loans. Partners who give $25,000 per year are called our “Poverty is Unnecessary Fund” partners, as they are helping us drive closer […]

100 Advocates Join The Poverty Is Unnecessary Project

by: Joy Stoddard

Mayor of the City of Austin Steve Adler proclaims October 25th as Poverty Is Unnecessary Day The Poverty Is Unnecessary Project includes Poverty Is Unnecessary Fund members donating $325,000 to alleviate global poverty and the Poverty Is Unnecessary Benefit & Live Auction to celebrate the impact of this work by Whole Planet Foundation and its supporters. […]

Natural Vitality: Solutions for all Stakeholders

by: Whole Planet Foundation

This guest blog post comes to us from Natural Vitality, a new member of Whole Planet Foundation’s $25,000 Poverty is Unnecessary Fund. Natural Vitality supports multiple projects to help provide solutions to the root causes of today’s problems.  We believe that with success comes the responsibility of harnessing that success for improved conditions – for […]

Do you Believe Poverty is Unnecessary? Our Partners Do!

by: Olivia Hayden

Celebrate Poverty is Unnecessary Day October 25 Each year, we celebrate the Whole Foods Market® Global 5% Day that seeded Whole Planet Foundation. On October 25, 2005 these funds helped kickstart the dream of alleviating poverty through microcredit where Whole Foods Market® sources products. For the past twelve years, Whole Planet Foundation has received generous […]

Celebrate the Poverty is Unnecessary Project October 11-31

by: Olivia Hayden

Each year, we celebrate the Whole Foods Market® Global 5% Day that seeded Whole Planet Foundation. On October 25, 2005 these funds helped kick start the dream of alleviating poverty through microcredit where Whole Foods Market® sources products. For the past twelve years, Whole Planet Foundation has received generous support from Whole Foods Market® suppliers […]

Interview with Rene Geneva, Powering Independence through Solar

by: Whole Planet Foundation

Rene Geneva has worn multiple (and stylish!) hats over the years. Whole Planet Foundation has benefitted from Rene’s generosity since the late 2000s and now that she is starting her own Indiegogo Campaign, she is once again investing in a future without poverty by supporting Whole Planet Foundation with a percentage of sales. See below for […]

Microfinance in the Face of Adversity

by: Brian Doe

Brian Doe is Whole Planet Foundation’s Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East.  During annual field visits to our microfinance partners, we often see them searching for better ways to help their clients. Unexpected household shocks can seriously jeopardize the livelihoods of the poorest entrepreneurs and their families. The microfinance sector may be in […]

Mercy Corps: Disaster Response and Preparation

by: Whole Planet Foundation

This blog comes to us from Mercy Corps, our microfinance partner in Nepal. WPF has funded $929,000 in Nepal since 2008, creating 12,038 microloans for entrepreneurs in the Sankhubashabha, Terhthum and Udaypur districts. The past few weeks have been devastating for hundreds of thousands of families. In the United States, Hurricane Harvey brought destructive winds and unprecedented flooding to […]

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