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Win a Trip to Morocco to See Microcredit in Action

By Lauren Evans, February 27, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Lauren Evans

Prosperity CampaginWould you like to win a trip to Morocco? As part of their Annual Prosperity Campaign, Whole Planet Foundation is giving you a chance to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of this unique travel destination while learning about the transformative power of microcredit.

Transforming Lives

Microcredit – loans that are typically around $200 with no collateral or contract – provides entrepreneurial women around the world with an opportunity to create or expand a home-based business and change their own lives. What makes microcredit so transformative is its long-term sustainability – the loans are repaid and that money is loaned again and again.

Born out of the desire to address the persistent problems of world poverty and hunger, the mission of Whole Planet Foundation is to help alleviate poverty by funding microcredit in the United States and 54 other countries around the globe where Whole Foods Market® sources products.

WPFSince the Foundation’s start in 2005, we’ve supported more than 1.5 million people by helping women use their skills, energy and creativity to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Through trusted microfinance partners, Whole Planet Foundation currently funds microcredit 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.

Giving Opportunity

During Whole Planet Foundation’s Annual Prosperity Campaign — going on now through March 31st — we hope you’ll join fellow shoppers, Whole Foods Market team members, Supplier Alliance for Microcredit vendor partners and online donors to raise $5.7 million and give financial opportunities through microloans to more than 35,000 impoverished people. Whole Foods Market covers all operating expenses for Whole Planet Foundation, so 100% of contributions benefit microcredit clients.

How can you help? Donate at the registers in our stores, donate online and even start your own fundraising campaign on Whole Planet Foundation’s website to spread awareness and encourage friends and family to participate.

Win a Trip to Morocco

Starting an online fundraising campaign is your ticket to a chance to win a five-day trip for two to Morocco, courtesy of Intrepid Travel. One lucky winner and a guest will travel to Morocco to learn about the Souss Massa Draa region, where Whole Foods Market sources spices and herbs, and to witness firsthand how microcredit has changed the lives of so many women just like Zaharra (pictured here, in pink). Whole Planet Foundation partners with INMAA to provide financial services to rural populations in southeastern Morocco.

Your own online campaign page is your trip contest entry, so set your page up by March 15 and share the importance of microcredit! Feel free to include links to web pages that help tell the story. Entries will be judged on:

  • Total dollars raised
  • Campaign outreach
  • Creativity of the submission
  • Clarity of the description of the entrant's efforts
  • Impact of the entrant's efforts

Visit the Whole Planet Foundation website to create your donation page  to enter the contest and to get additional details, and a full list of contest rules and criteria.

Thank you for your help to give opportunity around the globe!

Please note, while we love to hear from you in the comments, this is not a blog contest. To be entered to win a trip to Morocco you'll need to create an online campaign on Whole Planet Foundation's website.

 

 

128 Comments

Comments

Tim Marjama says ...
count me in!
02/27/2013 8:46:46 AM CST
Mel Teal says ...
This is such a great way to help others that are our neighbors in the world.
02/27/2013 9:05:48 AM CST
Lesli Johnson says ...
I would love to see how microcredit works on the ground.
02/27/2013 9:35:26 AM CST
Heidi Zehr says ...
I think this would be a great opportunity since I am passionate about health and educating others:)
02/27/2013 11:44:15 AM CST
Solomon Charles says ...
I love the culture and love the foods. I make Tagine dishes all the time. I would love the opportunity to visit. Just finished a year battling cancer. Can't let dreams like this slip away. Thanks.
02/27/2013 12:56:42 PM CST
Melissa says ...
I would love the opportunity to contribute and make a difference!
02/27/2013 2:15:42 PM CST
elle o'brien says ...
Amazing!
02/27/2013 3:22:38 PM CST
Nancy Birdsley says ...
I would like to take my friend Heidi her son just joind the peace corp and is in Morroco . What a lucky day to see this contest. Dreams ....
02/27/2013 3:28:18 PM CST
Renee says ...
Hope I get to go!
02/27/2013 3:32:46 PM CST
Svetlana Smolgovskaya says ...
I am there!
02/27/2013 4:45:39 PM CST
Zuberi Thabiti says ...
Touching the lives of others through something I do on a weekly is priceless.
02/27/2013 4:59:59 PM CST
Kimberly Overton says ...
I love reading stories like this. It reminds me that there is humanity in the world. Good Job.
02/27/2013 5:07:04 PM CST
David says ...
Looks like an interesting trip to see how Morocco looks and see what it offers a novice like me who is not familiar with the way of life out there. Plus, what I seen on Public Broadcasting Television travel segments about Morocco...it seems to have a lot to offer.
02/27/2013 5:08:19 PM CST
Naomi says ...
What a wonderful opportunity!
02/27/2013 5:37:22 PM CST
Kim bolognone says ...
God bless the employees of wholefoods. God bless those who help and love others. The world is a better place because of those people who do things for others and ask for nothing in return. If we all do a little something, imagine the difference we could make in this world.
02/27/2013 5:40:19 PM CST
lucille capobianco says ...
llove to win!!
02/27/2013 5:45:40 PM CST
PAT YOUNGER says ...
Healthy food
02/27/2013 5:51:30 PM CST
Mona Griffin says ...
Love Whole Foods, the fresh produce is outstanding, and the recipes are great~
02/27/2013 6:00:17 PM CST
Herbert Webb says ...
I want to win.
02/27/2013 6:16:03 PM CST
deborah says ...
I would love this country that is very rich in history and foods
02/27/2013 6:27:17 PM CST
syed shaffee says ...
none
02/27/2013 6:32:24 PM CST
Amy Turner says ...
I am very interested in this campaign! Looking forward to hearing more about this outstanding opportunity. Thank you, Amy Turner
02/27/2013 6:33:42 PM CST
syed shaffee says ...
I need full details of morrco Thank you! syed shaffee
02/27/2013 6:35:12 PM CST
annie rousseau says ...
i am very interested in macro credit, and helping people work so they make a decent living and they stay home. i have not been in marocco for 30 years, and always promise myself that i will go back ... annie
02/27/2013 6:35:46 PM CST
syed shaffee says ...
I need more details on mrooco!
02/27/2013 6:36:20 PM CST

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