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Support Microlending with Calendar Purchase

By Whole Planet Foundation, October 26, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Whole Planet Foundation
Hot off the presses, our Whole Planet Foundation calendar is on sale now at Whole Foods Market stores throughout the US and Canada! At just $3 each, these calendars are perfect for home, office, stocking stuffers, gifts and more. Thanks to funding from our vendor partners, 100% of calendar sales goes to provide microlending support to our global communities. In addition to feeling good about helping, you’ll also receive more than $16 (Canada) and more than $20 (US) in coupons from the Whole Foods Market’s supplier community! You’ll save on your favorite items from companies like Nature’s Path, Earth’s Best, Amy’s Kitchen and Seventh Generation.  Visit our calendar page to see the full list of coupons.

This is our fifth year to create a calendar, and each year gets better. More value for you through coupons and more funds raised to help our microcredit clients. Last year, shoppers purchased more than $70,000 in calendars, which funded 312 microloans that empowered nearly 2,000 poor women and their family members to create or expand a home-based business and create prosperity. Each year these loans are repaid and re-loaned again and again, and with your help this year, Whole Planet Foundation can empower 2,000 more women with an opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty through entrepreneurship. Whole Planet Foundation funds microcredit in 46 countries where Whole Foods Market sources products, and this year’s calendar features beautiful photographs of inspiring microcredit clients from Paraguay, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Dominican Republic, Rwanda, India, Cambodia, Turkey, Indonesia, Ecuador and the United States.  Check out our featured microcredit client page to learn about microcredit clients like Lourdes, who used her microloan to expand her neighborhood grocery store in the Villarrica region of Paraguay, where Whole Foods Market sources sugar. As a microcredit client of Fundación Paraguaya, she now has a support system and access to credit to invest in her own business, which after three years keeps growing and giving her hope for a better future. “When I first started, my store had a plain scale with different metal weights, a couple of shelves, very little merchandise and an old fridge,” Lourdes said.  “Now I have a digital scale, a 400 liter freezer, two big fridges and a bigger quantity of merchandise.” Pick up your copy of the Whole Planet Foundation 2012 Calendar in your local US and Canada Whole Foods Market store through January. Thank you for your help providing a hand up to more than a million people!

 

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BigSkyCountry says ...
We need some of this Microlendinfg here in these United States right now.. will not buy anything knowingly that is not made in the USA.. I will not fund any programs outside of these United States.. I wnat us to take care of our own,,beginning with our Warriors-our Soldiers and their families, and their children. I am a child of immigrants (who came legally) .. have never received welfare, they came after WW II.. Both had only high school, with little English... Please don't ask us to send money to those folks who have even more corrupt leaders than we have currently.. Let them go to the UN, the IMF, WORLD FOOD BANK, etc.... I am so tired, I have NO empathy for them any longer when I see our own suffering.. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND ALL WHO DEFEND HER !
11/03/2011 7:17:08 PM CDT
Cathy DeMason says ...
The one food I can't live without at Thanksgiving is roasted chestnuts.
11/03/2011 9:02:25 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@BigSkyCountry The Whole Planet Foundation is happy to announce microlending programs in US cities where Whole Foods sources some products. The Grameen America Project is a nonprofit microfinance organization based in NY. They provide loans, savings programs, financial education and credit establishment to low-income entrepreneurs. The Grameen America Project is only the first of Whole Planet Foundation's US microlending programs. You can learn more by clicking here... http://www.wholeplanetfoundation.org/partners/muhammad-yunus/
11/07/2011 5:06:54 PM CST
barbara beyda says ...
Someone told me that I could order Whole Foods online for home delivery, but all I find online for the big Cupertino CA store near me is a map and driving directions. How would I order for delivery?
11/08/2011 6:04:11 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Barbara The best way to learn if your store has the option for online order with home deliver is to reach out to your community's Whole Foods Market directly. Since each store does things a little differently it's best to chat with them. The link below will take you to the Cuptertino Store's contact information. Happy hunting! http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/cupertino
11/10/2011 3:25:06 PM CST
Dorothy Nelson says ...
I am very upset that I donated two large boxes of books to my local Whole Foods for a book sale to benefit Whole Planet Foundation, but they cannot give me any receipt or acknoledgement of this donation, even though Whole Planet Foundation is a Whole Foods charity.
03/22/2012 5:49:29 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Dorothy Thank you so much for your donation. We apologize for your experience and hopefully will have receipts of donation available in the future. Thank you for reaching out.
03/23/2012 10:08:41 AM CDT