by Claire Kelly, Regional Director for West Africa/MENA
Whole Planet Foundation traditionally provides our partners with funds to expand their microcredit programs. However, under our “asset finance” model – Whole Planet Foundation can finance the provision of business assets which help low-income individuals to increase their incomes. Our new partner, J-Palm Liberia, has received ≈$88,000 zero-interest loan from Whole Planet Foundation to construct 90 mini-mills in rural Liberia. These mini-mills reduce the processing time of wild palm by 65% and improve palm oil yield by 53% for
Back in 2007, when Matt O’Hayer started pasture-raising hens, his thoughts were never just on the birds in their care, but in using whatever means at their disposal to effect lasting change. Directly, that meant challenging long-held assumptions in the food business – that sustainable could not mean scalable, and vice versa. That challenged Matt to pioneer an entirely new on-shelf category in the egg set – pasture-raised – and disrupt an industry that had become moribund and commoditized.
During Women’s History Month, Whole Planet Foundation and sponsors joined together to alleviate global poverty, celebrate the achievements of women entrepreneurs and collectively raise funds to support them with microcredit.
Throughout Women’s History Month, Whole Planet Foundation and sponsors are helping to alleviate global poverty, celebrate the achievements of women entrepreneurs and collectively raise $50,000 to support them with microcredit.
During Women’s History Month, Whole Planet Foundation and sponsors like Honey Mama's are helping to alleviate global poverty, celebrate the achievements of women entrepreneurs and collectively raise $50,000 to support them with microcredit.
Since 2011, SAMBAZON has donated $410,975 to Whole Planet Foundation to fund 9,795 microloans and created 53,392 opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs – mostly women. We welcome SAMBAZON this year to the $25,000 Poverty is Unnecessary Fund and look forward to continuing our work together towards our collective mission of empowering people to change their own lives.
Shennel Fuller is the Founder and CEO of Miles and Milan. Miles and Milan is alleviating poverty through Whole Planet Foundation, a Whole Foods Market non-profit. Shennel Fuller worked for major fashion retail brands for over 15 years with a focus on adult apparel, footwear, and accessories.
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.
by Stephanie Manciagli, Regional Director for the Americas & Caribbean
Whole Planet Foundation is a Whole Foods Market non-profit dedicated to alleviating global poverty through microcredit. Just before the end-of-year holidays and the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in December 2021, Whole Planet Foundation visited Friendship Bridge in Guatemala to celebrate the launch of our second project. The Kasperick Foundation, which provided $300,000 as loan capital for the project, joined the field visit to see the impact of their generous funding.
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.