Whole Planet Foundation®

Whole Planet Foundation's mission is poverty alleviation in developing-world communities where Whole Foods Market® sources products. Through microcredit, Whole Planet Foundation seek to unleash the energy and creativity of every human being they 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.

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Whole Planet Foundation's friends Chris and Zach traveled to rural Guatemala in June of 2010 to understand what it means to live in poverty. For eight weeks Zach, Chris, and their friends Ryan and Sean battled illness, parasites and hunger while living on $1 a day. While in Guatemala, they also had the opportunity to spend time with people using microloans from Whole Planet Foundation to lift themselves out of poverty through entrepreneurship. Chris and Zach captured this experience in the documentary, Living on One Dollar, now available on Netflix.

Watch the film and join Chris and Zach in their campaign to alleviate poverty! Their new short film, Rosa- These Stormsexternal site continues the story of the microcredit client featured in Living on One Dollar and premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in May. Stay tuned to find out when it will be available for all to experience.

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Whole Planet Foundation funds 1 millionth microloan for poverty alleviation

AUSTIN, Texas (May 27, 2015) – Whole Planet Foundation has now funded 1 million microloans worldwide, empowering impoverished individuals in 65 countries to start or expand a home-based business. Launched in 2005 by Whole Foods Market, Whole Planet Foundation alleviates poverty in communities where the grocer sources products. Less than a decade later, the foundation has granted more than $64 million to microfinance partners across four continents, serving a total of more than 5 million people.

“With no collateral, credit history or a contract required, microloans offer many people something they’ve never had before – a chance to take their future into their own hands and gain financial independence,” said Philip Sansone, president and executive director for Whole Planet Foundation. “That impact extends far beyond the individuals receiving loans. It improves the quality of life for their family and most important, it can break the cycle of poverty for future generations.

Microloans have helped low-income entrepreneurs, mostly women, start or expand a variety of businesses, including artisan goods, prepared foods and food carts, small shareholder agriculture, livestock, at-home bakeries and flower stands. For more information about Whole Planet Foundation, or to make a donation, visit www.wholeplanetfoundation.org.

Thank you Whole Foods Market shoppers for donating $4.6 million during our Annual Prosperity Campaign, supporting 118,200 people with the chance for a better life.

1 Million Microloans Serving 5 Million People on the Road to Prosperity

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