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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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David Howard says …

I have my bags packed and ready to go.

Dawn Freeman says …

It is our responsibility to help our brothers and sisters. Peace & love

Debra leanderson says …

awesome store!

Jacqueline Le says …

It is an interesting trip! I wish that I can go to that country to know about new culture.

Vilma Pacheco says …

I make Tagine dishes often. I'm in.

Sunila Jalota says …

I am all about helping our Mother Earth .

Joe Sennabaum says …

Micro Loans go a long way in developing countries. I am a big fan and supporter of the entrepreneurs world wide that have used these loans to start businesses that bring prosperity to villages and neighborhoods.

Cheri A. Smith says …

Health and educating people about healthy eating is a passion of mine. I would also love to taste the food of different cultures and what they consider healthy eating.

margaret ghuman says …

Great way to build a global community.

Marcia Natoli says …

This is such a fabulous way to help others and also experience a fascinating culture of people...!!

Charles says …

The cradle of intellect is in Timbuktu while Europe was in the dark ages, it would be such a great trip to see and help the less fortunate and try to make a positve difference in our world. Learning something new and helping out people is a way to make a greater contribution to people who are stuggling for daily survival.

gina stevens says …

It's important that we all get educated & be aware of finding new ways to support these wonderful causes, sustainability, fair trade should be known to all to help 3rd world countries to live with dignity, especially - women.

marian friedmann says …

Let's do it!

nate egerton says …

just great

Walter Martínez says …

Tank you, this is a big opportunity a see other culture!! And food.

Debbie Lindon says …

It's worth a try

Mary Arling says …

Great way to help our fellow world dwellers

Martin Arling says …

Very good

John Bardugon says …

it would be an amazing journey

Sally Wavrick says …

Morocco is such a beautiful country. My friend from New York who is a paralegal lived there for one year. Brought back great clothing for sale at Bazaar in New York City.

Silvia Commodaro says …

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

Pierre Aterianus says …

Best of luck in your fundraising efforts.

DALE R. McGINNIS says …

L*O*V*E* Y*O*U*R* N*E*I*G*H*B*O*R*s AS Y*O*U*R*~S*E*L*F*!!!

Gretty Rodríguez says …

Best wishes for me, I will win this trip to Moroco

maureen clarkin bender says …

Thank you for your beautiful efforts to help end world hunger.

Paul Alexander says …

I loved this country. The people are very enterprising and kind. The food's great too! My carpets (yes they do sell lots of them) are about 20 years old but look like new.

Leah Cowen says …

I would like to learn more about micro credit. As an entrepreneur, with conscious capitalism in mind, this is ideal for us to figure a way to incorporate micro credit into our own business.

geanette majkrzak says …

great store keep it up

julianne smith says …

Fantastic opportunity.!!

pam havens says …

I enjoy seeing other countries flourish when given the opportunity.

Grace says …

Are the loans made to the Morrocoans interest free?

Sophia says …

This would be a great experience!!!!

Laurel Williams says …

I think the idea of microcredit is a great idea! I will be looking for the donation stations in the stores.

Ann says …

What a great campaign!

Susan says …

send me to morocco

Bonnie Metviner says …

I would love to win a trip!!

Victoria Bedford says …

I totally believe we in America need to do what we can to support our global brothers and sisters in need. I love the idea of travelling to Morocco to see what is being done to help. Thanks for what you are doing, Whole Foods!

Pam Horne says …

I've always wanted to go on a missions trip to help others, now that I can li would love the opportunity to help others and share my experience.

Stuart Robbins says …

Thank you for a chance to see all of this.

Judy says …

That is amazing!

Linda Jerdee says …

Trip of a lifetime!

stef pulitzer says …

Great work... Would love to visit the beautiful & interesting country of Morocco. :) Thanks! Stefanie (NYC)

Esther says …

This would be a dream come true!

Leland Harris says …

Yes I will do that

Jane says …

i want to go to morocco

gamze cavdar says …

A trip to Morocco sounds so exciting!

Leslie Hughes says …

This would be an oppertunity of a lifetime.

Vincent Mortreux says …

I have contributed with microcredit loans through KIVA for years now. I would love to see microcredit in action in Morocco and learn about other opportunities that are available there.

Amal says …

I've seen many Moroccan women getting on their feet starting with a microcredit and it changed their lives and the lives of their families!

jostlen says …

I would LOVE to be part of this!!!

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