TORONTO, March 6, 2019 /3BL Media/ - Scotiabank and Disruption Ventures today have announced a partnership that will provide women with support to take their business to the next level. The milestone investment will be additive to The Scotiabank Women Initiative, which helps women with access to capital, support from senior business leaders, and education tailored to their needs.
This year, Whole Planet Foundation’s Annual Prosperity Campaign aims to raise $4 million dollars to fund people living in poverty where Whole Foods Market sources products. Amplifying this year’s Prosperity Campaign, suppliers to Whole Foods Market in our top giving levels are donating $1.05 million to fund 31,550 opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs around the world to change their own lives.
by David Rozzio, Managing Director at HP South Africa
It was with great excitement that this weekend Johannesburg welcomed the first-ever Global Citizen Festival in South Africa. The event was in celebration of community and the power it has to combat one of the world’s greatest challenges: extreme poverty.
More than anywhere else on earth, sub-Saharan Africa is feeling the effect of rapid urbanisation, digitisation and globalisation. With youth unemployment in Africa up to 3x higher than that of adults, there is a very real need for quality learning and digital literacy to unlock our full potential.
Erliana borrows from Whole Planet Foundation’s long-term microfinance partner KOMIDA in Indonesia. She uses her loan capital to buy fish and then her husband uses salt to dry them so she can sell them along the roadside. Erliana has been a KOMIDA microcredit client for two years. She started with a loan of 2 million IDR (≈$137 USD) and currently borrows 5 million IDR (≈$342 USD).
On Friday, March 1, Whole Planet Foundation launches its Annual Prosperity Campaign to alleviate poverty around the globe for the world’s poorest people – mostly women – living in communities where Whole Foods Market sources products. This year’s campaign goal is to raise $4 million to increase the foundation’s current reach of 75 countries and 17 U.S. cities.
Whole Planet Foundation was founded to reach people living in poverty around the globe where Whole Foods Market sources products. We are excited to announce our new partnership with Concern Worldwide in Burundi to support their Terintambwe program, which provides case management services to ultra-poor households so they have opportunities to become more self-sufficient and start small businesses.
To kick off 2019, the Whole Planet Foundation team would like to thank our network of microfinance organizations, the implementing partners who administer the microloans Whole Planet Foundation funds. These partners employ staff members who serve microcredit clients, sometimes traveling miles by foot or motorbike to reach some of the least-served entrepreneurs around the globe. Every quarter, we honor these staff members, or Field Officers, by asking our partner institutions to nominate exemplary candidates for the Whole Planet Foundation Field Officer Award.
Whole Planet Foundation was created to support communities worldwide where Whole Foods Market sources products. Flowers for Whole Foods Market stores across the US, Canada, and the UK, along with many other products, are sourced in large quantities from Colombia — so while it’s perhaps a bit of a happy coincidence, it seems quite fitting that Whole Planet Foundation’s newest microfinance partner in Colombia is called Aflore, the name of which comes from the Spanish wordflor, for ‘flower.’
2018 proved to be an active year in Corporate Social Responsibility with issues related to sustainability, globalization, advocacy on social issues and multiple natural disasters in the forefront. Some of these issues and trends will continue into 2019, but leaders should expect to see the following noteworthy changes: