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Supplier Alliance Plants Seeds of Prosperity

By Whole Planet Foundation, March 13, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Whole Planet Foundation

We’re right in the middle of our annual Prosperity Campaign. You have through March 31st to help us reach our goal of raising $4.1 million by donating at your local store or online. Your donation will help us fund microlending programs for more than a million of the very poor in 50 countries, including the US.

Along with generous customers and team members, some very special companies donate $50,000 every year to provide project expansion funds. This Supplier Alliance for Microcredit comprises Allegro Coffee Company, Back to Nature, Garden of Life, Earth’s Best, Ito En, Naked Juice, Seventh Generation, Stacy’s, and Whole Foods Market.

We thank each one deeply for their support — and hope you will too!

To deepen their partnership and make an even greater impact, Allegro is selling three regional blend coffees for a limited time this spring and giving thirty cents from each purchase to Whole Planet Foundation.

Providing microcredit to borrowers in coffee-growing regions is a prime example of the work we do — giving back in a sustainable way by providing the very poor access to capital that is repaid and re-loaned again and again.

Read the stories of women who have benefitted from this supplier support.

Rona Tison of  ITO EN (North America) INC. said of their support, “ITO EN joined the Supplier Alliance for the simple reason that it is a tenet of ours to foster prosperous and healthy lives by offering healthful products, however this is not enough when one looks around and sees that there is more fostering to be done on so many levels.  

As individuals, it would be wonderful if all those in a position to help would actually do so, and in our case leveraging the ability of our organization to contribute resources means that all of us at ITO EN are collectively doing far more than any one of us could possibly manage.

The Supplier Alliance has provided a way for us to foster prosperous and healthy lives by channeling assistance directly to individuals, further enabling them to change their own lives. It is difficult to imagine doing anything more worthwhile.”

What’s really amazing about the support from the Supplier Alliance for Microcredit is that 100% of their donation makes a difference, because Whole Foods Market covers all of Whole Planet Foundation’s operating costs.

Each and every dollar we raise goes to microlending programs in the field, and it is repaid and re-loaned in rural communities again and again.

“It’s a privilege and an honor to be able to help support an organization that is doing so much good in the world,” said Kent Anderson of Back to Nature. “To see the impact that Whole Planet Foundation is having across the globe helping individuals that truly want to help themselves is something that makes you want to smile and say ‘right on!’ ”

Visit Whole Foods Market stores during our Annual Prosperity Campaign to see special displays of these suppliers and learn more about how their impact is making a difference.

Please join us in appreciating all of our Supplier Alliance for Microcredit partners, and make sure to try the limited edition Allegro coffees before they’re gone!

 

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kara rane says ...
great way to help the community ~ thank You*
03/13/2012 4:40:45 PM CDT
bellbivdevoe@yahoo.com says ...
Good Stuff!
03/15/2012 11:19:30 AM CDT