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 …

Ultra-Poor Graduation Partnership to Reach 4000 in Burundi

Zoe So Field Team Blogs, Microcredit, Microfinance Partners, News, Sub-Saharan Africa 0 Comments

Whole Planet Foundation was founded to reach people living in poverty around the globe where Whole Foods Market sources products. We are excited to announce our new partnership with Concern Worldwide in Burundi to support their Terintambwe program, which provides case management services to ultra-poor households so they have opportunities …

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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 …

Supplier Donors Experience Microcredit with WPF & Partners

Sandy Mariscal Domestic Microlending, Microcredit, Supplier Partnerships 1 Comment

Papyrus-Recycled Paper Greetings, founder of Whole Planet Foundation’s 100K Fund, dives into poverty alleviation! In addition to supporting Whole Planet Foundation’s mission since 2012 with an annual contribution of $100,000, they have traveled with us to international and domestic projects to witness the impact of their generosity in the field and volunteer alongside …

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WPF Quarterly Progams Update: Quarter 1 – 2017

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By Daniel Zoltani, WPF Global Programs Director with contributions from our field team: Brian Doe, Zoe So, Claire Kelly, and Roxana Newton During Quarter 1, we disbursed $571,000 to our microfinance partners and celebrated a milestone of 2 million microloans funded since inception. Our field team visited 15 countries. Latin …

WPF Quarterly Programs Update: Quarter 1 – 2017

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By Daniel Zoltani, WPF Global Programs Director with contributions from our field team: Brian Doe, Zoe So, Claire Kelly, and Roxana Newton During Quarter 1, we disbursed $571,000 to our microfinance partners and celebrated a milestone of 2 million microloans funded since inception. Our field team visited 15 countries. Latin …

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

Olivia Hayden Microcredit, Supplier Partnerships 0 Comments

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 …

Why We Give: $100K Fund Suppliers Create Prosperity

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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 …

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Adding Value in Sri Lanka

Claire Kelly Asia and the Pacific, Field Team Blogs, Microcredit, Travel 1 Comment

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 …