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February 22, 2014
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Whole Planet Foundation has seen the profound impact microcredit can have by giving a hand up to low-income entrepreneurs. You can make a difference by participating in their Prosperity Campaign.
February 17, 2014
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Can you imagine a future without poverty? (And does it look pretty good to you?) Then join us in our eighth annual Prosperity Campaign for Whole Planet Foundation!
December 21, 2013
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Whole Planet Foundation 2014 CalendarThis holiday season, you can save money on your favorite shopping staples and help support women entrepreneurs around the globe by purchasing a Whole Planet Foundation® 2014 calendar.

October 13, 2013
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Poverty is Unnecessary Fund® LogoWhole Planet Foundation has designated October 25th as Poverty is Unnecessary Day.

September 18, 2013
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For some people, coffee can jumpstart their day. For others, it can jumpstart their community. In Kenya, the word “ubuntu” means, “I am because we are.” Appropriately named Café UBUNTU ­– the first bakery in Maai Mahiu, Kenya – is a true collaboration that will create jobs and empower the community. Learn more about the collaboration that created the café and what is means for the community of Maai Mahiu by watching this video.

May 28, 2013
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Whole Foods Market Team Members have donated over $4.5 million through paycheck contributions to alleviate poverty worldwide through Whole Planet Foundation.

May 26, 2013
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Greyston Bakery BrownieDo you ever bite in to a brownie and wonder what makes it so delicious? Perhaps it’s the cage-free eggs? Possibly it’s the perfect chocolate chip crunch? Maybe it’s made with love: real, genuine, wanna-hug-your-grandma love?

March 12, 2013
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You have through March 31st to help us reach Whole Planet Foundation®'s Annual Prosperity Campaign goal of raising $5.7 million by donating at your local Whole Foods Market store or online. What amazing progress we've made! So far, with your help, we have raised $3,274,338. Your donation will help us give opportunity by funding microlending programs for more than a million of the very poor in 55 countries, including the US.

March 12, 2013
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The Do Something Reel™ Film Festival continues this month with Bonsai People – The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, an uplifting documentary about one man’s extraordinary humanitarian work and his influence around the globe.
March 9, 2013
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Thank you Whole Foods Market® shoppers! You have already raised $2.3 million to alleviate poverty around the globe, including right here in the United States!

Whole Planet Foundation® works with trusted microfinance partners to fund microcredit loans (typically loans of around $200 requiring no collateral or contract) to more than 259,000 clients (89% of them women) with a repayment rate of 97%. To date, the foundation has committed more than $34 million and disbursed more than $24 million.

March 3, 2013
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ZaharaMeet Zahara. Zahara owns a small home-based weaving business in Morocco. She sells her weavings in the market to townspeople who use in their marriage ceremonies and to visiting tourists. She raises her own sheep and uses their wool to prepare her thread for her and her daughter, who is also a weaver.

February 27, 2013
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Prosperity CampaginWould you like to win a trip to Morocco?

February 26, 2013
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Whole Planet Foundation®'s mission is poverty alleviation in developing-world communities where Whole Foods Market® sources products. Through microcredit, Whole Planet Foundation seeks to unleash the energy and creativity of every human being we work with in order to create wealth and prosperity in emerging economies. Whole Planet Foundation® partners with microfinance institutions in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

December 22, 2012
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Whole Planet Foundation 2013 CalendarIf you’re reading this, the good news is that we’re still here and the Mayans just ran out of space on their calendar. Moving on to more important things like Christmas and 2013...

November 4, 2012
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The 2013 Whole Planet Foundation Calendar is in stores now with over $40 in coupons and a world of good.
October 13, 2012
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On October 25, Whole Planet Foundation® and nine Whole Foods Market® suppliers are celebrating Poverty is Unnecessary Day. How are they celebrating? Kettle Brand, PROBAR, Café Spice Global Cuisine, Genji Sushi, Mrs.

June 14, 2012
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Last year, Whole Planet Foundation set out on a journey to explore the world of iPhone apps and figure out how we could create one to support our Foundation. The result of that journey?

May 2, 2012
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Whole Foods Market® is honored to carry Bonnie Raitt’s newest global release, Slipstream.  Bonnie has earned nine Grammy Awards over her extraordinary career – and is as well-known for her music, as she is for her activism.

May 1, 2012
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We’ve recently told you about some of the really creative fundraising events happening in our stores that support Whole Planet Foundation’s® Prosperity Campaign. Here’s another one to share with you.

April 19, 2012
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To all our shoppers, team members, suppliers and online donors, you did it! 

March 27, 2012
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Team Members around the country go above and beyond to raise awareness and funds for Whole Planet Foundation. Learn how you can help in the home stretch of the campaign.
March 16, 2012
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Learn how your 25 to 350 word essay on how your small actions are making a big impact might win you a trip for two to India from Whole Planet Foundation.
March 13, 2012
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Find out which like-minded companies are joining Whole Planet Foundation in bringing more microcredit lending to very poor in 50 countries, including the US.
March 6, 2012
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Whole Planet Foundation microcredit clients share their stories through traditional recipes. Try our versions of their favorite dishes, and donate at the register or online to help more people live a better life.
February 27, 2012
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Watch how Whole Planet Foundation’s partner Grameen America puts microcredit into action right here in the United States. Donate at the register or online to help more people live a better life.
February 22, 2012
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Do you believe that small change can bring big change? We do! Read on to find out how you can share your story in our Facebook essay contest for a chance to win a trip for two to India, courtesy of Intrepid Travel.
December 19, 2011
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Could this be the season’s most beautiful stocking stuffer? Plus this one keeps giving all year long.
October 26, 2011
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Perfect for home, office or gifting, the Whole Planet Foundation calendar costs only $3 and 100% of sales goes to fund microcredit. All thanks to our vendor partners, who also give you over $20 in coupons.
August 2, 2011
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We recently teamed up with our friends at Sambazon to offer one lucky winner and their guest a week-long trip to Brazil, to visit the beautiful beaches of Rio de Janeiro and explore the Amazon Rainforest. Katie T. from Houston, Texas is our lucky winner.
July 14, 2011
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Whole Planet Foundation’s Steve Wanta travels to Indonesia to meet with clients from our partner, Grameen Trust. This video profiles three very different clients.
June 21, 2011
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Read about Sambazon’s organic Amazon superfoods and learn how you could win a trip to Brazil to meet the family farmers and explore the Rainforest.
May 22, 2011
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The combination of fresh mango and rehydrated dried mango gives a sweet moist texture to this tropical-flavored quick bread, inspired by Haitian micro-credit projects.
April 30, 2011
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Learn what Whole Planet Foundation is doing to help alleviate poverty by watching this video shot in the field, this time from Indonesia.
April 14, 2011
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Thanks! You joined in raising $4 million for Whole Planet Foundation, which will reach 100,000 more impoverished women and their families, helping to lift themselves out of poverty.
March 26, 2011
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When purchasing this new Whole Foods Market gift card you donate a dollar to help alleviate poverty. Learn how easy it is to making a last impact through microcredit.
March 22, 2011
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Get inspired by our stores’ creativity and learn how you can help us reach our new goal of empowering 100,000 people to lift themselves out of poverty.
March 11, 2011
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Through worldwide microfinance partners, Whole Planet Foundation has reached over 130,000 microcredit clients with an opportunity to lift themselves and their families out of poverty, supporting over 650,000 people to live a better life.
March 4, 2011
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Whole Planet Foundation has empowered 130,000 clients with microcredit loans in five years. Meet a few of these entrepreneurs and donate in stores or online.
February 27, 2011
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Expand your cultural horizons with these recipes inspired by microcredit clients and help address world poverty by donating during Whole Planet Foundation Prosperity Campaign.
February 23, 2011
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Help give a hand up to over half a million people by donating during our annual Whole Planet Foundation Prosperity Campaign, and enter to win a trip to Peru to witness the benefits of microcredit firsthand.
November 3, 2010
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Buy a calendar, change a life! Show your support for Whole Planet Foundation microcredit clients (and get over $20 in coupons) by purchasing a 2011 calendar for $2 http://www.wholeplanetfoundation.org/get-involved/whole-foods-market-cal....
October 23, 2010
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It's our last day of school in Pena Blanca; we've been volunteering at a rural community school for the past three weeks and today the kids in the first grade class are surprisingly quiet.
October 7, 2010
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Grameen America provides business loans to low-income individuals who don't have access to affordable credit. Hear some of the success stories from NYC borrowers and learn more about the program.
July 8, 2010
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I’ve always known that I work with some of the nicest, most giving, mission driven people I have ever met. And now I have concrete proof! As of June 25th, over 15,000 Whole Foods Market team members have donated over $1.5 million directly from their paychecks to Whole Planet Foundation to alleviate poverty through microcredit around the globe! Check out this video of team members talking about why they contribute.
June 24, 2010
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Recently I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Africa (for the first time!) as part of my work with the Whole Planet Foundation.
June 11, 2010
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Thanks to Jimmy Dunne, President of Inspire — a music and branding company partnering on music initiatives with Whole Foods Market — for providing this blog post.
April 2, 2010
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WPF_ChangeWords really aren’t sufficient in expressing how honored we are to have such generous customers, team members and vendor partners.
March 4, 2010
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As the Director of Partnership Development and Internal Programs for Whole Planet Foundation, Joy Peterson helps develop strategic partnerships and guides our Team Member Volunteer Program. WPF_Change
February 24, 2010
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...With these recipes inspired by Whole Planet Foundation microcredit clients.
February 19, 2010
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wpf1 Together, we really can change the world. Actually, It's already happening and with your donation during Whole Planet Foundation's Annual Prosperity Campaign, we can do even more.
December 30, 2009
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Norzina-Haiti-9-2009As the Internal Programs Ambassador with Whole Planet Foundation I know I am truly blessed, but my recent trip to Haiti with Programs Manager Steve Wanta reminded me just how much.
October 22, 2009
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A huge shout out goes to everyone who supported the Whole Planet Foundation's 2009 Prosperity Campaign. Thanks to the generosity of shoppers and team members, over $1.8 million was donated - 100% of which goes to microlending programs! (Remember, Whole Foods Market covers all operating expenses of Whole Planet Foundation).

July 18, 2009
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In this final installment of Dispatches from the Field, Steve visits the Pro Mujer
July 11, 2009
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On this leg of his trip through South America, Steve explores Paraguay and opportunities for building a microcredit program in the country where Whole Foods Market sources its organic sugar cane.  Steve experiences the hospitality of folks who remember Phillip Sansone, Executive Director of the Whole Planet Foundation, from his days as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay over 30 years ago.
July 4, 2009
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In this installment of Dispatches from the Field, Steve and Philip brave oxygen deprivation and "Death Road" (renowned as the most dangerous road in the world) to reach folks in the rural communities of Bolivia with Pro Mujer to provide financial services coupled with health and education.
June 20, 2009
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Steve Wanta sends us this video from Facatativa, Colombia where the Whole Planet Foundation team is doing a feasibility study to determine whether the foundation can support and sustain a microcredit loan program.
June 14, 2009
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Join Steve Wanta as he travels South America visiting current Whole Planet Foundation microcredit projects and seeking out new opportunities where the Foundation can provide assistance.
May 30, 2009
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Team Member GivingHere's a huge shout out to the amazing team members at Whole Foods Market. It has been two years since we started the Whole Planet Foundation Team Member Giving program.
February 5, 2009
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Whole Planet FoundationWhole Planet Foundation empowers impoverished individuals in our global communities through
January 2, 2009
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I am so proud to be one of over 9,200 Whole Foods Market team members who donate through payroll deduction to help support the work of our Whole Planet Foundation. The Foundation has various funding sources, and our team members are giving over $20,000 each payday to fund microlending in Whole Foods Market communities around the world.
August 6, 2008
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From a guest blogger for the Whole Planet Foundation, Alex Crane.
June 18, 2008
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Hey fellow Whole Bodies! Jeremiah here, the Senior Global Whole Body Coordinator. Having been in the natural products industry for 15 years I have never seen a more exciting time than now. Check out the shelves this month for all kinds of fun EXCLUSIVE products launching. Many of them are what we call "mission driven" or, in other words, they support a cause besides just making a profit.
March 14, 2008
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How do you bring people out of poverty without taking away their dignity? Tune in to hear what the Whole Planet Foundation and a Nobel prize-winning banker are doing to help the poor help themselves.
October 17, 2006
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Celebrate October with pumpkins and winter squash and learn about our Whole Planet Foundation.