Answering the call for increasing energy self-reliance, a grassroots electricity-sharing model is emerging. “Community microgrids,” comprising community-owned or subscribed solar PV and other renewable energy sources, offer participants and surrounding consumers the security of energy resilience in times of grid failure and protection from energy price increases driven by volatile energy markets. They also give energy producers/consumers (aka “prosumers”) more control over the renewable energy they generate.
Watch this video to see how technology is accelerating financial inclusion in Bangladesh. MetLife Foundation's partner BFA is doing ground-breaking work to embed the right technology and technical capabilities in local nonprofit organizations on the ground like Sajida, working with women entreprenuers to help them navigate life's challenges and opportunities.
When I met Lee in Aoniben, China for the first time, she was too shy to look at us. Partnering with the United Nations Development Program and the All China Women's Federation, we aimed to reduce poverty at a village level by helping local women collectively start a business. When we asked the group of Yi women what kind of start-up they’d be interested in, Lee pointed to her Yi style outfit and asked us to start Yi Embroidery.
FCA, one of the most sustainable automotive groups in the world, is contributing daily to the transition to a circular economy
In recent decades, demands on the planet’s resources have increased to a level that now represents a significant threat to our environment. Our economy is also highly dependent on our ability to manage these finite resources. As such, the transition to a circular economy – and away from the traditional “take-make-dispose” or “linear” economy – is vital to a sustainable future.
Whole Planet Foundation funds microloans in cities in the United States through four microfinance partners who work with poor entrepreneurs to create or expand small businesses and generate income for themselves and their familes. We are alleviating poverty in Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Des Moines, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, New Orleans, Oakland, Omaha, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, and San Jose. Watch this video to see an example in Austin, Texas where we have invested $1 million for microentrepreneurs.
AUSTIN, Texas, February 27, 2017 /3BL Media/ - On Wednesday, March 1, Whole Planet Foundation launches its 12th Prosperity Campaign, which funds microfinance organizations and microcredit loans to alleviate poverty in regions where Whole Foods Market® sources products. The organization’s focus is on women in the developing world, where small loans can help entrepreneurs create a better life. The campaign’s goal is to raise $3.2 million during the month of March to fund microcredit loans, increasing the foundation’s current reach of 15 U.S.
Leading Nut Butter and Confections Brand Commits to Empowering Entrepreneurs with Microloan Donations
February 16, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Justin’s, maker of naturally delicious, high-quality nut butters, nut butter snacks, and organic peanut butter cups, has expanded its commitment to Whole Planet Foundation by fueling the organization’s new Family Fund.
Maria Lucia is a single mother who works full time as a janitor in a hospital to support her 7-year-old daughter Bia. They live in a one-bedroom house in Bomba do Hemeterio, a low-income neighborhood in Recife, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Brazil.
Before Habitat, their house was small and dark, with little ventilation and natural lighting. The roof was badly damaged from the rain, and the inside of the house was hot and moldy. Bia often had to miss school due to respiratory problems, a common affliction among children who grow up in these kinds of conditions.
Support Will Enable MIX to Map Financial Inclusion Ecosystems in Mexico, Myanmar, Turkey and Vietnam.
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 21, 2016 /3BL Media/ – MIX announced today an $825,000, 2-year partnership with MetLife Foundation to promote financial inclusion by providing insight into financial service access in Mexico, Myanmar, Turkey and Vietnam. Through rich data, analytical tools and interactive dashboards, decision makers in these countries will have a powerful new resource to ensure positive social outcomes for the financially underserved.