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Infographic: Whole Planet Foundation and Microfinance Partners Are Alleviating Poverty Worldwide

Global Impact Dashboard through Q4 2021
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Each quarter Whole Planet Foundation compiles field metrics from our microfinance partners who are collecting from and disbursing to low-income entrepreneurs living in countries where Whole Foods Market sources products. With a small loan - the current average first loan size is $174 - an impoverished entrepreneur has the opportunity to create or expand a business, often home-based, and generate income for herself and her family.

2021 Year in Review: An Update from Whole Planet Foundation

by Global Programs Director Daniel Zoltani
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2021 was a challenging year for people living in poverty. Food insecurity, job losses, and other crises continue to have an outsized impact on those with limited access to resources. Whole Planet Foundation remains focused on our mission to alleviate poverty by funding financial opportunities for underserved entrepreneurs. Now more than ever, our implementing partners and the entrepreneurs they serve are facing threats to their wellbeing. Whole Planet Foundation is committed to serving these communities by continuing to provide resources during this difficult time.

Whole Planet Foundation Launches 2021 Poverty Is Unnecessary Project

Whole Planet Foundation’s Online Auction to Alleviate Global Poverty
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Every 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 through microcredit in countries around the world where the company sources products. The Poverty is Unnecessary Project spotlights Poverty is Unnecessary Fund supplier partners who commit to donating $25,000 each and culminates in the foundation’s signature event to alleviate poverty. 

Infographic: Whole Planet Foundation and Partners Are Alleviating Poverty in the United States and Around the World Through Microcredit

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Each quarter Whole Planet Foundation compiles field metrics from our microfinance partners who are disbursing and collecting microcredit loans to low-income entrepreneurs living in countries where Whole Foods Market sources products. With a small loan – the current average first loan size is $174 – an impoverished entrepreneur has the opportunity to create or expand a business, often home-based, and generate income for herself and her family. 

“Faftai!” Covid Revival Loans Finance Kava Microentrepreneurs in Vanuatu

by Claire Kelly, Regional Director for West Africa/MENA & Interim Regional Director for Asia
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Since 2012, Lorina had worked at her own tourism business, selling souvenirs to tourists, particularly those who would arrive on cruise ships to Port Vila.  Lorina joined Whole Planet Foundation’s microfinance partner South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Vanuatu in 2017.  She had previously been involved with a different microfinance program, however she found that SPBD gave longer loan terms which made the loan easier for her to repay.  She is now the Secretary for her SPBD group.  This means that she has responsibilities to count the group’s cash and make sure all accounts are reconc

Thirteen More Brands Giving Back This Holiday Season through Whole Planet Foundation

by Whole Planet Foundation's Sandy Mariscal and Olivia Hayden
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Whole Planet Foundation is grateful to suppliers of Whole Foods Market alleviating poverty with us this holiday season! To date, supplier partners have donated over $14 million to create economic opportunity for those that lack access to financial services in communities where Whole Foods Market sources products. We are excited to highlight these additional brands donating a portion of sales in select Whole Foods Market stores to benefit microentrep

Pursuing Justice Through Faith-Based Impact Investing

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by Amanda Joseph, Director of Faith-Based Initiatives at Calvert Impact Capital 

Whole Planet Foundation and Microfinance Partners Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis: Update

by Daniel Zoltani, Global Programs Director
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In March, I wrote the blog Whole Planet Foundation and Microfinance Partners Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis around how those living in poverty are already in a more vulnerable position, which can be further exacerbated during any external shock such as war, earthquakes, droughts or health crises.

Innovation in Community Impact Investing

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by Andy Posner, founder, Capital Good Fund 

According to US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing, Socially Responsible Investing (“SRI”) has reached the $12 trillion asset mark. Unfortunately, the vast majority — 97 percent, to be precise — comprises investments in the traditional capital markets in which decisions are made using Environmental, Social, or Governance (“ESG”) criteria. While I applaud people adding ESG screens to their portfolio, it is imperative that we find ways to support direct, community-level investments.

Broadening Financial Inclusion Borders in Bangladesh

Spotlight on Whole Planet Foundation's Bold, New Partnerships, by Claire Kelly
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According to Women’s World Banking, “Women in Bangladesh have the highest-ever rates of literacy and employment, and the country’s economy is growing. Financial inclusion now stands at more than 50 percent, nearly doubling in the past few years. But the financial inclusion gender gap is growing rapidly too, with fewer than half of women accessing or using formal financial services.” 

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