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Calendar, Coupons and Change

Buy a calendar, change a life! For $2, really. The fourth annual edition of the Whole Planet Foundation calendar is on sale now at Whole Foods Market stores throughout the U.S. You may recall that Whole Planet Foundation funds microcredit in 24 countries where Whole Foods Market sources products, and this year’s calendar features beautiful photographs of inspiring microcredit clients in Turkey, the United States, Indonesia, Ethiopia, India, Thailand, East Timor, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya, Peru, and Guatemala. In addition to a beautiful calendar for only $2, fantastic vendors have provided over $20 in coupons on your favorite products. Thanks to their support, all proceeds from the sale of these calendars will benefit Whole Planet Foundation microcredit clients. You’ll find coupons for $1 off any Seeds of Change Certified Organic product and $1.50 off Nature’s Path Eco Pac Cereal and $1 off any two Honest Teas. You can see the full list of 20 vendor coupons. Last year, shoppers purchased $65,000 in calendars, which empowered nearly 2,000 poor women and their family members with microloans to create or expand a home-based business and create prosperity. Each year these loans are repaid and we can empower 2,000 more women with an opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty through entrepreneurship. Imagine what we can do this year, with your help. Interested in who you are helping? Check out our photo stories page to learn about microcredit clients like Gulbeyaz in Turkey, who used her microloan to buy items to sell in her small shop that her relatives helped her set up. Photo courtesy of Dianne Bondareff Pick up your copy of the Whole Planet Foundation 2011 Calendar in your local U.S. Whole Foods Market store through January. Thanks for your help in making a difference. If there’s no store near you, order yours by emailing us at news@wholeplanetfoundation.org.

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Akilah Muhammad says …

I love your work abroad with various ethnic communities. I want to champion what First Lady Michelle Obama brought up during a conversation with Roland Burris. They were reminiscing how in the Black community farmer markets came to the Black community to deliver fresh produce and how there are not enough or adequate grocery stores in the Black community. I want to challenge Whole Planet Foundation to pilot a project in our innercity minority communities to provide them with adequate grocery stores. Trader Joes, I believe own's Aldi's now. I have seen a remarkable improvement in their produce. I care for patients with Leukemia and Lymphoma. It is a horrible disease. I listen to patients who after being given a diagnosis are told to eat whatever they like. They are not given any information on how to build up their bodies after receiving lethal doses of chemotherapy. My mother was a victim of this disease and I gave her the wheatgrass sold in your store. She didn't like it but it helped her immensely because it was not grown in plastic which can harbor harmful bacteria. I primarily do my shopping at Whole Foods or Trader Joes, because I trust in your name and committment to deliver unprocessed healthier food choices. I would like to see Whole Foods provide perhaps a food co-op option store in the underserved areas that offer them a chance to change their dietary habits and introduce viable choices to underserved communities. If you can travel abroad and help those underserved communites, surely you can offer that charity at home. That is where it begins. There are plenty of communities that are viable choices with adequate incomes which can patronize your establishment. I look forward to a response to this request, it reflects a large number of Black people who patronize your stores. Thank you for all you have done, but there is always room for growth and improvement.

Adam says …

Whole Planet Foundation actually already does work right here in America, in Queens, New York.. http://www.wholeplanetfoundation.org/where-we-work/united-states/ and Trader Joe's is owned by Aldi, which is a German based company I believe, not the other way around.. its been that way for a while now if I'm not mistaken

jennie toney says …

I love shopping at Whole Foods, I recently had surgery on a broken wrist. Before the surgery my best friend picked me up and took me grocery shopping to non other than Whole Foods . I do sometimes shop other stores but not for my complete list only Whole Foods.

Loaded Lo says …

The calendar is a great idea. :) <a href="http://freedesignerstuff.com" rel="nofollow">Get Free Stuff</a>

Emily says …

I would really like to have one of these calendars. I emailed to the address you list above in November as I live in a state without a Whole Foods and received no response. Please let me know how to support this effort.

Edith Helmich says …

I totally support the calendar initiative to help cottage industries! This is typical of the Whole Food philosophy ... and one reason why I shop here.