Photos: Typical Microcredit Client Businesses

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Imagine you’re given $200 to start your own business, what do you do? Given that our average loan size around the world is about $200, this is the decision microcredit clients are often faced with. Most of these entrepreneurs have never been given access to capital and most have struggled significantly …

Group Lending

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One aspect of microfinance that is as equally as important to the borrowers as it is the lenders is the Group Lending method that the Grameen Bank uses. Group, or solidarity lending, as defined by Wikipedia (everyone’s favorite website) is a lending practice where small groups borrow collectively and group members …

Reel Change Film Frenzy 2012

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Starting Friday 13th at noon, we will be working 48 hours straight with a film team to create a short documentary as part of the Reel Change Film Frenzy! Presented by Lights. Camera. Help. and The Alamo Drafthouse, this film festival will include ten Austin nonprofits who will be teamed up with …

Beyond Microfinance

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Access to capital for the poor is absolutely critical if we want to eradicate poverty. It’s why at Whole Planet Foundation, this is what we focus on – raising funds to distribute to microfinance institutions (MFIs) who lend the money out to the poor. Unfortunately, the poorest countries also tend lack …

Whole Planet Foundation Overview

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As Whole Planet Foundation (WPF) continues to grow and we gain fans on Facebook, Twitter and outside the four walls of Whole Foods Market (WFM), it’s hard to keep everyone up to date with what the Foundation is doing. Recently, I was asked by a fan on Facebook if I could …

Fair Trade Friday: Together with Guayaki, we are protecting the Atlantic Rainforest

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Guayaki Yerba Mate is native to an eco-region that borders Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, home to indigenous peoples and over 300 species of flora and fauna. Deforestation due to logging and monoculture has led to rapid loss of biodiversity, soil erosion and carbon emissions in this area. Guayaki has a business model …