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Win a Trip to Morocco to See Microcredit in Action

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.

 

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Tim Marjama says …

count me in!

Mel Teal says …

This is such a great way to help others that are our neighbors in the world.

Lesli Johnson says …

I would love to see how microcredit works on the ground.

Heidi Zehr says …

I think this would be a great opportunity since I am passionate about health and educating others:)

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.

Melissa says …

I would love the opportunity to contribute and make a difference!

elle o'brien says …

Amazing!

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 ....

Renee says …

Hope I get to go!

Svetlana Smolgovskaya says …

I am there!

Zuberi Thabiti says …

Touching the lives of others through something I do on a weekly is priceless.

Kimberly Overton says …

I love reading stories like this. It reminds me that there is humanity in the world. Good Job.

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.

Naomi says …

What a wonderful opportunity!

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.

lucille capobianco says …

llove to win!!

PAT YOUNGER says …

Healthy food

Mona Griffin says …

Love Whole Foods, the fresh produce is outstanding, and the recipes are great~

Herbert Webb says …

I want to win.

deborah says …

I would love this country that is very rich in history and foods

syed shaffee says …

none

Amy Turner says …

I am very interested in this campaign! Looking forward to hearing more about this outstanding opportunity. Thank you, Amy Turner

syed shaffee says …

I need full details of morrco Thank you! syed shaffee

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

syed shaffee says …

I need more details on mrooco!

inessa rusanovskaia says …

If I will not win, probably will never see that country...

claudio says …

I have donated for 2 years to help poverty and now I would like to go to morroco to see how I can help you

lm jenkins says …

I have read and heard about microloans and how the loans help raise up people from thier poverty. This sounds like a good thing.

Loretta says …

That would be a dream come true.

Linda Handley says …

Would love an opportunity to see the prosperity campaign in action

Ricky Jenkins says …

Not sure

edda williams says …

I love the foods

Linda Haynes says …

Great companies give back to a needy world. Thank you!

Anastasia Roussis says …

I wish there were more information on these programs and their outcomes in 5 to 10 years.

Tina House says …

Count Me In I would love the chance...

Nathan Martelle says …

Pick me haven't been but ive been a whole foods shoppersince 2001 in michigan

Ty kinder says …

Please count me in.

Robert Balch says …

My belief is Sustainability is the solution the worlds poverty, disease and housing and resource issues. I am currently designing a college program for building Sustainably which addresses Energy conservation and production, Water purification, production and recycling, sanitation and high level disease control, affordability, low impact food production and quality air standards through buildings and commmunities which meet with their sustainable societal needs, impact positively the global environment as well as their regional impact, in order to provide the environment for all of the above to occur in the highest and best manner. It is my mission to create a global discussion of Sustainability. I would love to compete for this prize as an opportunity to learn from the Morroccan culture the positives and negatives that can be used to attain a true Global Sustainability.

Guy Leeder says …

Would be most amazing..

valerie says …

I'd love to see their work!

Patricia Chandler says …

Please enter me to win.

CARLA GONZALEZ says …

I'm happy because I can see not everything is lost it, we still being a Human being... CHEERS for US.......

linda seay says …

I would love to help these people!!

Kiyana M.W. Turner says …

I want to help!!! I also want to help prevent future problems.

stephanie ho says …

quality food!

Hollie Free says …

Microcredit sounds like a great way to help and empower women in Morocco. Love that Whole Foods has a global impact as well as local too. One of my favorite things to do every week is to go shop at Whole Foods and buys weeks worth of organic and healthy foods for my family.

Robin Kot says …

Great idea, wonderful charity, thanks Whole Foods!

Zebbie Carney says …

Count me in...

Andrea loeffler says …

What an amazing program . It is so exciting to see whole foods involved in good works!

HELEN says …

would love to take spouse and three grand-kids that have never been on a airplane or out of oregon ,

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