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Changing the World, Together

By Whole Planet Foundation, February 19, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Whole Planet Foundation
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. Now through March 31st, please join fellow Whole Foods Market shoppers, team members, Supplier Alliance for Microcredit partners and online donors to help raise $1.5 million for 40,000 impoverished people living in communities around the globe where Whole Foods Market sources products. We run this campaign each year to give back globally and empower the very poor with microcredit loans to create or expand home-based businesses such as weaving, raising chickens and small-scale agriculture, providing an opportunity to lift themselves and their family out of poverty. Whole Planet Foundation currently funds microcredit for 57,706 clients (98% of them women) with a repayment rate of 97.7%! We support the very poor in 18 countries that supply Whole Foods Market stores with product, including Argentina (blueberries), Bolivia (cacao), Costa Rica (bananas), the Dominican Republic (cacao), East Timor (coffee), Ethiopia (coffee), Guatemala (coffee), Haiti (mangos), Honduras (coffee), India (cashews), Indonesia (coffee), Kenya (coffee), Nepal (tea), Nicaragua (coffee), Peru (onions), Thailand (rice), Turkey (spices) and the United States (dairy and produce). Including the families of our borrowers, we are supporting over 288,530 people with $6.6 million disbursed through trusted microfinance institution partners. With your help, we can empower even more people to change their own lives. wpf2 Make a $1 donation at the register at your local Whole Foods Market, and give with confidence that 100% of your contribution benefits microcredit clients because Whole Foods Market covers all operating expenses for Whole Planet Foundation. If you're not near a U.S. store, donate online or start your own campaign on Whole Planet Foundation's website and spread awareness to your friends and family about how together we can change the world. Check in daily for campaign progress and thank you for your generosity.