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The Gift that Gives All Year Long

By Lauren Evans, December 21, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Lauren Evans

Whole Planet Foundation 2014 CalendarThis holiday season, you can save money on your favorite shopping staples and help support women entrepreneurs around the globe by purchasing a Whole Planet Foundation® 2014 calendar. In it, you’ll find $44 in coupons from 37 supplier partners. Check out the amazing coupon offers. Because of the generosity of supplier sponsorships, 100% of funds raised will support Whole Planet Foundation’s 89 microlending programs in 58 countries.

This year’s calendar features stunning photos taken by our field team and partners from all over the world including Bangladesh, Laos, South Africa, Turkey, Tanzania and the US. These microentrepreneurs, often the poorest of the poor, have used their microloans to start or expand their businesses in raising livestock, small-scale farming, neighborhood shops and textiles. Microlending programs have allowed them to lift themselves and their families out of poverty using their own creativity and hard work.

Feza, a Conoglese microentreprenuer who benefits from loans made possible by Whole Planet Foundation contributions.

At only $4 each, these calendars make great gifts and stocking stuffers, and the best gift of all is that the money donated to Whole Planet Foundation through the calendar program will be repaid and re-loaned again and again through microfinance partners around the globe. It’s the gift that keeps giving, to empower even more entrepreneurs like Feza to change their own lives. Feza is on her fourth loan cycle with Whole Planet Foundation’s Congo partner FINCA, borrowing $300 to support her small hardware stall in the Likasi central market. Read more about the women you are helping on the Whole Planet Foundation website.

The calendar program has raised more than $700,000 since 2008, and given the average first loan size of $175 in the developing world, you have helped us create 4,000 new microloans that will give 24,000 people the chance for a new life.

This year, when you buy a Whole Planet Foundation calendar for yourself and your loved ones you’ll help us meet our goal of raising $250,000 and helping nearly 8,600 more people. Pick up your calendars today before they sell out!

What exciting plans do you have for 2014? Share in the comments below.