Whole Planet Foundation Launches Annual Campaign to Alleviate Poverty

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For two weeks beginning June 23, shoppers can donate at the registers in Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S., Canada and the UK and online to alleviate poverty in countries that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products.

Since 2006, Whole Planet Foundation has disbursed $92 million through microfinance partners in 78 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas, including in 20 U.S. cities. Whole Planet Foundation collaborates with a wide network of microfinance organizations and supports entrepreneurs in some of the most marginalized and remote communities around the world, funding 4.9 million microloans and 26 million opportunities for a better life for microentrepreneurs and their family members.

“With a microcredit loan, an impoverished woman can generate income and lift up herself and her family. Each year, the generosity and support of Team Members, shoppers, suppliers and corporate partners provides life-changing opportunities for microentrepreneurs to generate income and lift themselves and their families out of poverty,” said Joy Stoddard, Whole Planet Foundation development and outreach director.  Because Whole Foods Market covers the foundation’s operational costs, 100% of every donation benefits microcredit clients.

For example, Moreen, pictured at the top of this post, is a microcredit client of Whole Planet Foundation’s microfinance partner MicroLoan Foundation in Malawi where Whole Foods Market sources sugar. She used her microloan capital to expand her marketplace clothing business. Moreen sells trousers, dresses and fabric wrappers (like sarongs). She goes to the capital of Malawi, Lilongwe, twice a month to purchase stock. Then she sells the clothes at different markets in her area. She hopes to one day invest in buying a plot which she can use to sell her products, so she does not have to move around to markets any more.

“We are proud to announce this year’s supplier donors supporting the annual campaign with $850,000 total including two $100,000 donors in Allegro Coffee Company and So Delicious,” said Philip Sansone, president and executive director for Whole Planet Foundation. “Given the average first loan size of $174, these funds go far, especially given the regenerative nature of microcredit where loans are repaid and reloaned again and again, lifting families and communities over time.”

This year’s $50,000 donors include Chobani, Good Culture, Honest Tea, KeVita Probiotic Drinks, Naked Juice, Papyrus-Recycled Paper Greetings, SAMBAZON, Seventh Generation, siggi’s, Stacy’s, Stonyfield Organic, Topo Chico and Traditional Medicinals.

Learn more about the transformative power of microcredit at Whole Planet Foundation, and donate online to fund essential businesses of women entrepreneurs worldwide.

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  1. Hello The vision of Whole Foods is exemplary and as far reaching as heaven, thank you.

    For the love of my little granddaughter (whole lives in San Marcos) we have launched the Juniper Fund Trust and resource center.
    Our goal is to Address the ignorance and lck of knowledge in man. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

    To do as the church was is and will always be intended to address the needs of women and children who are without a father.

    To provide a destination to address the needs of anyone presenting ideas of business and service to reach a successful conclusion.

    To be the Solution!

    Let me ask you a question or two. Why do city walk lights show a yellow hand of warning and then when it is time to cross create a blinking yellow hand with the addition of 20 seconds to cross?

    Why are the homeless in our community forced by popular vote to vacate the street residence with no solution?

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