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Liberation Soup and Whole Planet Foundation

By Genie Bolduc, December 30, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Genie Bolduc
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. Though prepared for tough conditions, I was shocked at the devastation caused by four tropical storms in 2008 and the level of poverty. Then I met Norzina, who is strong and resilient and changing her own life with access to microcredit from Fonkoze (our partner organization). I feel blessed that we, Whole Planet Foundation, Whole Foods Market, Team Members, shoppers, vendors and Fonkoze are all working together to offer women like Norzina the gift of microcredit. Whole Foods Market sources Whole Trade Guarantee mangoes from Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Inspired by this connection, Whole Planet Foundation provided a $490,249 grant over three years to our implementing partner, Fonkoze, who offers financial services tailored to meet the needs of impoverished Haitians. One of my favorite parts of our trip was when Norzina invited us to join her in cooking Soupe Joumou, a delicious pumpkin soup known as "Liberation Soup (recipe)." Watch this video to learn why.

 

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Maureen Kristof says ...
I would love to receive an update on Norzina and her family - especially now since the earthquake has devastated their country.
01/15/2010 8:33:57 AM CST
Djohny Alexandre says ...
This is great that Whole Planet is reaching out to people in different countries around the world and help change their lives for better. I'm very happy to see that Haiti is one of the beneficiaries. Your work is truly inspiring, and I would like to know how to get involved to take a part in it:)
01/01/2010 10:54:21 AM CST
Jacqui Jean says ...
Microfinance & Micro Credit is such a powerful tool for granting poor people the right to borrow. We ought to be forever grateful to the Grameen model and its legacy in microfinance. As an American born haitian I'm happy to see the opportunity Whole Planet Foundation is giving women in Haiti. Keep up the great work!
12/30/2009 10:50:28 PM CST
Sandra Beaubrun says ...
Yay! Finally, an article about this. I am Haitian and I am proud for some part of our history being shared with others instead of just labeling my country as the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. I hope people enjoy making this soup because it tastes just wonderful. I congratulate Whole Foods for taking an initiative in reporting this fact.
12/31/2009 1:11:03 AM CST
Susan B. Hunter says ...
Great news for the world! It is inspiring to know that people who have a dream but no credit can get their businesses started with a little help from Whole Foods.I enjoyed the video, and the background on the cultural aspects of the recipe. Way to go Genie and WFM! Cheers, Susan
01/01/2010 4:35:23 PM CST
Diana Law says ...
this would be even more inspiring with a recipe :) glad to see our food choices help build a sustainable economy
12/30/2009 9:38:40 AM CST
bolducg says ...
Hi Diana, Oh but there is a recipe! Click on "Liberation Soup" in the blog above or paste this in your browser: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipeId=2643 Many thanks.
12/31/2009 12:07:28 PM CST
sheri says ...
You are really blessed to do what you do! How do we give to Fonkoze?
12/31/2009 6:03:56 AM CST
kate in atx says ...
@Diana: Check out our recipe for Haitian Pumpkin Soup here: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipeId=2643
12/31/2009 2:39:53 PM CST
Clare Richards says ...
What abeautiful video and story, content-wise and artistically! Thank you so much for sharing the story of Norzina, and the story of that delicious looking soup.
01/01/2010 1:07:27 PM CST
Ashley Hendricks says ...
Wow. I'm just learning of the Whole Foods Market after recent research and being enlightened about factory farming. I was in search of a nearby store and upon looking at your website I noticed this article about Haiti. I went on a mission trip to Haiti in June and it has changed my world completly. Such beautiful people that live there who inspired me and taught me so much. Thank you for this article and for the help you also provide to the Haitians. I am excited about my first upcoming visit to the Whole Food Market! Ashley
01/02/2010 2:39:55 PM CST
bolducg says ...
Hi Sheri. Here is Fonkoze's website:http://www.fonkoze.org/ And here is where you can contribute to the wonderful work that they are doing: https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?id=1263&referer=http://www.fonkoze.org/getinvolved/waystogive.htm Thank you.
12/31/2009 12:16:32 PM CST
tara says ...
I get so misty watching these things, the beauty and joy of people despite the struggles they face every day are so inspiring! I am so glad to play a small part in helping folks around the world improve their lives.
01/02/2010 12:22:32 PM CST
hsiaw says ...
Norzina is located about 2.5 hours from Port au Prince in Gonaïves so most likely her community was not heavily affected. Unfortunately the collapse of the capital is going to prove devastating for the entire country for many months to come. Whole Planet Foundation recommends that you help <a href="http://www.fonkoze.org/" rel="nofollow">Fonkoze</a>, our trusted partner in Haiti, to meet the needs of impoverished Haitians and help them to recover from this devastating disaster. Any donation to <a href="http://www.fonkoze.org/" rel="nofollow">Fonkoze</a> will be well used to help impoverished Haitians. <a href="http://www.fonkoze.org/innews/earthquakenews.html" rel="nofollow">Fonkoze’s Earthquake News</a> page details the most current information on Fonkoze and their microcredit clients and how to mark your donation if you want to give for earthquake relief. Our thoughts and prayers are with all Haitians and relief workers. Thank you all.
01/15/2010 11:34:53 AM CST
Heather @ Green Baby Green Mama says ...
This is exactly why I shop at Whole Foods and do what I do - it's about the bigger cause!
02/16/2010 9:43:21 PM CST