by J.P. Kloninger, Whole Planet Foundation North America Program Manager
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines poverty as “the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.” However, what is “usual” or “socially acceptable” can vary quite a bit from one person, family, or community to the next, and certainly from one country to the next. We are thus compelled to use some sort of criteria or thresholds, formally or informally, to help us define poverty as it exists in different contexts.
FlexPrint and several of their employees proudly supported and participated in Whole Planet Foundation’s “Power Your Purpose Virtual 5K Run” on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Pivoting from a physical 5K Run in Austin, Texas to an online event due to COVID-19 meant joining Whole Planet Foundation virtually from a safe distance to alleviate poverty through microcredit around the globe.
Whole Cities Foundation Invests $150,000 in Local Initiatives Spanning All Five Wards
NEWARK, N.J., April 14, 2020 /3BL Media/— Whole Cities Foundation, a nonprofit broadening community access to fresh food and nutrition education, announced today that 11 Newark nonprofit organizations have been awarded up to $15,000 each through the annual Fresh, Healthy Food Access Grant.
Stacy’s Pita Chips is a repeat annual donor to Whole Planet Foundation in order to make a difference for the world’s poorest people who are ready to lift up themselves and their families through microcredit and the chance to start or expand a business. Stacy’s Pita Chips was founded by a woman entrepreneur, so the brand is inspired to provide opportunities for other women in the United States and around the globe. Eighty-eight percent of microcredit clients supported by Whole Planet Foundation are women, since women are the most marginalized from traditional financial systems.
Seventh Generation donates to Whole Planet Foundation to fund microloans for the world’s poorest people - mostly women - living in communities where Whole Foods Market sources products. How does it work?
by Brian Doe, Regional Director for West Africa and the Middle East
Last month I went Cote D’Ivoire to visit Whole Planet Foundation long-time microfinance partner Premiere Agence de Microfinance (PAMF), who administers group microloans to rural entrepreneurs and farmers. This visit allowed me to observe the initial roll-out of a new mobile phone-based platform that Whole Planet Foundation provided grant funding to help build. The platform will allow anyone with a cell phone to repay loans or deposit savings into PAMF accounts without having to travel to a PAMF branch office.