Microfinance CSR News

Mobile Technology Connects Smallholder Farmers With Global Producers, Enabling Fair Pay and Accountability ​

The SAP Rural Sourcing Management mobile solution provides transparency, accountability and access to financial services to smallholder farmer organizations in Africa and Southeast Asia
Press Release

ISTANBUL, Turkey, March 30, 2020 /3BL Media/ – SAP, the world’s largest provider of enterprise application software, has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with an aim to cater to the needs of different market segments, including small and mid-sized organizations, to accelerate and scale impact on smallholder farmers.

Whole Planet Foundation Top Supplier Donors are Helping to Alleviate Poverty in the United States and Abroad

Press Release

March 12, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Whole Planet Foundation is proud to announce this year’s top supplier donors who are helping to alleviate poverty around the globe for the world’s poorest people – mostly women – living in communities where Whole Foods Market sources products. 

How to Advance Women's Financial Inclusion with Partnerships

Experts weigh in on what makes effective partnerships to economically empower women
Blog

For International Women’s Day, we asked five financial inclusion leaders how cross-sector partnerships are helping them bring more women into the financial system.

Contributing to a Sustainable and Inclusive Future

A letter from Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga
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Why? Because when the world thrives, businesses thrive.

Businesses are part of the global ecosystem. And ecosystems, by definition, require balance and diversity. They also require a point of view larger than oneself and longer than the immediate future. They require an understanding that we are stronger as a connected whole than as isolated actors.

Reimagining Growth that Delivers for Everyone

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Over the last 75 years, we have seen more than a billion people emerge from poverty and we have witnessed the creation of a global middle class. In addition, the proliferation of digital technology over the last few decades has created new ways for people to connect to the networks they need to advance and grow. However, the benefits of this economic and digital growth, while significant, have not been equally shared by everyone.

Whole Planet Foundation Field Officer Award for Asia and the Pacific: Highlights from Vietnam

by Claire Kelly, Asia Regional Director
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At the end of 2019, Whole Planet Foundation invited all partners in the Asia/Pacific region to participate in the field officer appreciation award. After a Foundation community vote, there are five grand prize winners and twelve honorable mentions. You will notice that all three of Whole Planet Foundation’s partners in Vietnam received the top recognition!  This blog spotlights the stories from our microfinance partners in Vietnam, however these winners are recognized alongside Ms. Elisabeth Kaisamy from South Pacific Business Development Fiji and Ms.

Digital Green: Providing for Those Who Provide for Others

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The following is an excerpt from Cisco’s 2019 CSR report. To find out more or read the full report, click here.

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The following is an excerpt from Cisco’s 2019 CSR report. To find out more or read the full report, click here.

The Power of your Holiday Purchase: Part I

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From December 1-31, select Whole Foods Market suppliers are donating a portion of sales to support microlending programs in the U.S. and around the globe through Whole Planet Foundation. Their generous contributions will fund microloans for entrepreneurs, primarily women, giving them the opportunity to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

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From December 1-31, select Whole Foods Market suppliers are donating a portion of sales to support microlending programs in the U.S. and around the globe through Whole Planet Foundation. Their generous contributions will fund microloans for entrepreneurs, primarily women, giving them the opportunity to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Whole Planet Foundation Field Officer Awards for Africa and the Middle East

by Brian Doe, Regional Director For West Africa and the Middle East
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Unlike at traditional banks, portfolio managers for microfinance institutions need to travel daily to villages and often the homes of their clients as a key part of building a bond with the entrepreneurs they want to ensure succeed with the loans they take from Whole Planet Foundation's partners. This means long days in the field, unexpected dangers or obstacles and putting in overtime to help a client that may need some extra mentorship or support to succeed. The photo above shows a Field Officer assisting with a savings and loan meeting organized by Village Enterprise in Uganda.

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