Support for Savings: How Microfinance Partners add Value to their Clients

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Whole Planet Foundation’s funds are provided to our partner microfinance institutions (MFIs) to be distributed to borrowers as microloans or in-kind productive assets (like cows, sewing machines, or solar lamps). For most of our partners, the loan is given in a “credit-plus” context. This means that the MFI would provide …

Front Line Financial Inclusion: Field Officer Appreciation Award – Asia/Pacific

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“Microfinance has always been a high-touch business, with personal contact playing an indispensable role in the delivery of financial services for low-income clients. Human relationships and values like trust and empathy are crucial in determining whether a microfinance institution (MFI) will be able to grow and remain sustainable. And it …

Babban Gona Partnership Funds Farmers in Rural Nigeria

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In Nigeria, where Whole Foods Market sources ginger, Whole Planet Foundation offers scale capital to the agriculture social enterprise Babban Gona. Babban Gona is working to make rural farming profitable for smallholder farmers in northern Nigeria. Their founder, Kola Masha, started the business to engage young Nigerians that have increasingly …

Whole Planet Foundation Launches Campaign to Alleviate Global Poverty

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Partners Commit $1.05 Million for Microcredit AUSTIN, Texas (February 21, 2019) – On Thursday, March 1, Whole Planet Foundation launches its Annual Prosperity Campaign to alleviate poverty around the globe for the world’s poorest people – mostly women – living in communities where Whole Foods Market sources products. This year’s …

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Aflore and WPF Help Small Businesses Blossom in Colombia

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Whole Planet Foundation was created to support communities worldwide where Whole Foods Market sources products.  Flowers for Whole Foods Market stores across the US, Canada, and the UK, along with many other products, are sourced in large quantities from Colombia — so while it’s perhaps a bit of a happy …

Water and Sanitation Finance from KOMIDA in Indonesia

Claire Kelly Asia and the Pacific, Field Team Blogs, Microcredit 2 Comments

According to The World Bank, approximately 20% of the world’s population does not have a toilet in their home.  Cost can be one challenge for a household.  According to CGAP, “In Indonesia, for example, connection to piped water systems averages $150, while a flush toilet can cost around $250. For comparison, …

Introducing Bidhaa Sasa, WPF’s Newest Partner in Kenya

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We’re excited to introduce Bidhaa Sasa, Whole Planet Foundation’s newest partner in Kenya. Bidhaa Sasa sells, delivers, and finances beneficial products to low income populations in rural areas. Our team likes their client-centric approach to affordable credit, responsive customer service, and attention to internal systems. Bidhaa Sasa means “Products now!” …

KOMIDA’s Social Performance Management Journey

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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 …