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Visiting Our Partner Fonkoze in Haiti
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Loosely translated, borrowers from Fonkoze’s Okoto branch are singing ‘Women are like reeds. They can cut us down. They can uproot us. But when the rain comes back, we will bloom again.’ 

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Loosely translated, borrowers from Fonkoze’s Okoto branch are singing ‘Women are like reeds. They can cut us down. They can uproot us. But when the rain comes back, we will bloom again.’ 

Whole Planet Foundation Hosts 2nd Annual Virtual 10k Run Fundraiser

August 3rd - 7th run to fund microloans for entrepreneurs living in poverty.
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This summer, Whole Planet Foundation invites you to join an online community of runners to help fund opportunities for impoverished entrepreneurs in all over the world. A "Virtual" 10K Run happens on your time, anywhere you are between August 3-7. Run, skip, jump, or walk 10 kilometers any time between August 3-7 and be automatically entered to win prizes from 2017 10K Run sponsors.  Registration is open now.

Reducing Risk by Encouraging Resilience

by Zoe So, WPF’s Program Manager for the Africa/Middle East region
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Microfinance provides opportunities for borrowers to start and reinvest in businesses; generate income; and carve their own pathways out of poverty. But the path isn’t always so smooth. Poor households are especially vulnerable to economic shocks, ranging from common situations like illness and death in the family, to exceptional crises like health epidemics, natural disasters, and political instability.

Whole Planet Foundation’s Madagascar Partner Jiro-Ve, Innovating Affordable Lighting Solutions to Low-Income Households

Jiro-Ve has developed a creative approach to meet the last mile distribution challenge for getting safe, affordable lighting solutions to low-income households
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Many social enterprises focus on innovation of high-quality products designed to reach low-income customers. By the numbers, this bottom of the pyramid strategy to reach impact and market at scale seems to make sense – analysis of World Bank data from 2011 shows that 71% of the world’s population can be considered poor or low-income.

Whole Planet Foundation Funds New Partner in Ghana

This blog post comes to us from Brian Doe, WPF Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East.
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In April 2017, Whole Planet Foundation signed a contract with a new microfinance partner in greater Accra called ID Ghana. To gain insight into the bustling Makola market in Accra, it may be helpful to read this 2015 article in the New Yorker profiling Ghanaian business owners.

Whole Planet Foundation® Prosperity Campaign Raises $3.4 Million

Funds which will enable Whole Planet Foundation to support an additional 100,350 microentrepreneurs and their family members.
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Whole Planet Foundation partners with microfinance organizations all over the world in order to serve the poorest entrepreneurs who have the least access to financial services. Listen to the words of microfinance staff from the US to Haiti, Morocco to Malawi, Burundi to Bhutan. 

Learn more about the Whole Planet Prosperity Campaign

Whole Planet Foundation Proudly Partners with WTRMLN WTR

The pioneer in healthy, cold pressed juiced watermelon
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We’re proud to partner with WTRMLN WTR, the pioneer in healthy, cold pressed juiced watermelon. Their mission is rather simple: better, more sustainable methods of food production, less waste, a smarter planet, healthier humans, a healthier world, more love, equality, decency and kindness. As they support farmers, we support microentrepreneurs and together, real change occurs.  

Learn more about the Whole Planet Foundation partnership  

Whole Foods Market's Foundations

A short overview of Whole Foods Market's three Foundations; their areas of focus, longterm goals, and how you can participate!
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Whole Foods Market established and supports three nonprofit foundations:  Whole PlanetWhole Kid

Alleviating Poverty in the United States and Around the World: You Can Make a Lasting Difference

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Whole Planet Foundation funds microloans in cities in the United States through four microfinance partners who work with poor entrepreneurs to create or expand small businesses and generate income for themselves and their familes.  We are alleviating poverty in Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Des Moines, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, New Orleans, Oakland, Omaha, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, and San Jose. Watch this video to see an example in Austin, Texas where we have invested $1 million for microentrepreneurs. 

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