Microfinance CSR News

Introducing Bidhaa Sasa, Whole Planet Foundation’s Newest Microfinance Partner in Kenya

by Zoe So, Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa
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We are excited to introduce Bidhaa Sasa, Whole Planet Foundation’s newest microfinance 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.

Holiday Purchases Power Her Potential: Gifts that Give Part I

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Divine Chocolate is proud to partner with Whole Planet Foundation and continue the tradition of donating five cents of every Divine Chocolate Advent Calendar sold at Whole Foods Market to Whole Planet Foundation.

Thriving to Succeed – Microfinance Company Empowers Zimbabwean Women to Achieve Financial Independence

Thrive Microfinance tailors finance products to low income women in Zimbabwe which helps them open and grow businesses, afford safe housing and build their economic independence
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HARARE, Zimbabwe, December 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Thrive, a microfinance business based in Harare, Zimbabwe believes in lending that leads to economic growth for women and girls who would ordinarily fail to access financial services from the mainstream financial sector.  Thrive joins Business Call to Action with a commitment that will provide microenterprise loans and borrowing and business management training for 16,500 economically active low-income women and girls.

SMEs Reporting in Ghana: Sustainability in Action!

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Sustainability reporting can really help companies of all sizes, and anywhere in the world to improve their own processes and publicly demonstrate their responsible business practices. Through its Competitive Business Program and with with the support of SECO (Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs), GRI helped SMEs in Ghana report for the first time. Participating SMEs and GRI learnt that sustainability reporting can lead to clear business benefits for smaller companies in developing countries, and that digital tools can encourage and facilitate reporting. 

Microfinance Helping Micro, Small and Agro-businesses Grow in Kazakhstan

Flexible lending conditions and mobile loan eligibility assessment app making small loans possible for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan, particularly in rural areas
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ALMATY, Kazakhstan, October 31, 2018 /3BL Media/ – KMF, a Kazakhstan-based microfinance organization, joins Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to expand access to financial products and services for 40,000 new micro-, small- and agrobusiness customers across Kazakhstan by the end of 2018. KMF also commits to ensuring at least half of its new clients will be women, and will actively engage potential clients from rural areas.  

125 Advocates Join the Poverty Is Unnecessary Project

City of Austin, Texas Proclaims October 25th, 2018 as Poverty Is Unnecessary Day
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The Poverty Is Unnecessary Project includes Poverty Is Unnecessary Fund members donating $25,000 each to alleviate global poverty, and the 

Pulse Centers: Powering Her Potential with Whole Planet Foundation

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Whole Planet Foundation is proud to partner with Pulse Centers, the Gold Sponsor of its Annual Benefit & Auction taking place on October 25, 2018.  This party with a purpose celebrates the foundation’s global impact in 74 countries and aims to motivate more advocates to join its mission.

Whole Planet Foundation Launches Annual Poverty Is Unnecessary Project

Partners commit $200,000 to alleviate global poverty through microcredit
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This October, Whole Planet Foundation celebrates its global impact on poverty and the partners who further its mission.  In 2005, Whole Foods Market® launched Whole Planet Foundation, its non-profit dedicated to global poverty alleviation in communities around the world where the company sources products.  The Poverty Is Unnecessary Project spotlights Poverty Is Unnecessary Fund partners, who collectively are committed to donating $200,000 to alleviate poverty through microloans, and culminates in the foundation’s signature event of the year on October 25, known as Poverty is Unnecessary Da

Thinking Outside the Can: How PepsiCo Is Helping Entrepreneurs While Spurring Innovation

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From JetBlue’s “BlueBud” initiative to help small food companies to Patagonia’s funding of entrepreneurial ideas with its “$20 Million & Change” program, investing in small businesses and startups has been a trending initiative for many big businesses in recent years. Now one of the largest global brands is joining the fray, creating a win-win scenario for all parties involved.

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