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Whole Planet Foundation

Founded in 2005, Whole Planet Foundation’s mission is to empower the world’s poorest people with microcredit and the chance to create or expand a home-based business and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. As of December 2018, the foundation is alleviating poverty through microfinance partners in the United States and 74 other countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America. To date, the nonprofit has disbursed $75 million dollars through microlending partners worldwide, funding 3.3 million microloans and 17.9 million opportunities for a better life for microentrepreneurs and their family members. See the latest impact and join by donating today

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Vital Farms: Making Lasting Change by Supporting Small Businesses
Back in 2007, when Matt and Catherine O’Hayer started pasture-raising hens, their thoughts were never just on the birds in their care, but in using whatever means at their disposal to affect lasting change. Directly, that meant challenging long-held assumptions in the food business – that sustainable could not mean scalable, and vice versa. That challenged Matt to pioneer an entirely new on-...
Aug 15, 2018 9:20 AM ET
Microfinance vs. Informal Finance: A Fair Comparison?
by Claire Kelly, Asia/Pacific Regional Director 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, ...
Aug 3, 2018 8:35 AM ET
KOMIDA: Investing in a Future Without Poverty in Indonesia
by Claire Kelly, Asia/Pacific Regional Director 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 of our microfinance partners use or develop strategies to inform...
Jul 26, 2018 9:35 AM ET
The Spark of Entrepreneurship + Whole Planet Foundation: Part I
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 years old, a rising Sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin, and I had no idea what to expect. I came away completely inspired by the spark of entrepreneurship created by microfinance and found in each woman I...
Jul 20, 2018 12:35 PM ET
Financial Diaries: Lessons From Small Enterprise Foundation in South Africa
by Zoe So, Whole Planet Foundation Eastern/Southern Africa Regional Director  One of the core assumptions of microfinance is that the ability to reach a large number of borrowers helps bring efficiencies, sustainability, and impact. Many microfinance organizations often talk about their success in terms of scale and big picture numbers: how many borrowers do they reach? How big...
Jul 5, 2018 2:10 PM ET