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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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Drew Weissmuller says …

looking for healthy life style

HollyAnn Green says …

I would like to further my plans in nutrition/wellness. Many need to be taught how to eat and exercise effectively. I am in the Lincoln NE area.

michael covarrubias says …

GOD LOVED THE WORLD SO MUCH THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON (JESUS) AND WHO EVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT DIE BUT WILL LIVE FOREVER........HELP IS ALWAYS ON THE WAY FOR THE POOR, BECAUSE GODS ANGELS NEVER FAIL, THEY NEVER RUN OUT OF GAS, THEY ARE OBEDIANT AND FULL OF LOVE....

Priya tandon says …

Would love to!

Kathie Long says …

Let's eliminate hunger throughout the world!

boris phang says …

is a good promotion of whole planet.............

boris phang says …

whole planet have a good campaign .....

Leslie Lewis says …

Aweome, live healthy

Lynn Charbonneau says …

Sounds like a wonderful opportunity to get out in the world and make a difference.

LaMarise Veney says …

I love speaking french and would truely enjoy helping out my Moroccan friends!! It has been my dream to visit Morocco.

Anh P says …

This is awesome! Good stuff.

Jennifer Smythe says …

I am about to marry a moroccan and would so love the opportunity to meet all of his family and ss microcredit in action as well.

marie stlouis says …

it is for a good cause

dibena17 says …

What this World needs is Love-Sweet-Love. Coming together and making a difference. What could feel more GRAND!!! :)

Christine says …

Hey everybody I would like to say thank you.

Sandra says …

I would love to go!

daoudee says …

what is the interest rate (APR)of this microcredit loan?

Rita Powell says …

I am willing to learn more about the people in Morocco and Microcredit.

jennifer okoniewski says …

Would love to be apart

VINCENT REGAN says …

BECAUSE IT GREAT OVER THERE !!!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DAOUDEE - Thanks for your question. Whole Planet Foundation does not set interest rates. Interest Rates charged by Whole Planet Foundation microfinance partners in the field are impacted by a number of factors and vary by country. You can read more on their website at http://www.wholeplanetfoundation.org/root-causes-of-poverty/#question4.

Maria Luna says …

I'd love to be part of this. I visited Morocco last year to take Nokero Solar Light Bulbs to Tafert, in the Middle Atlas Mountains. This trip would be fantastic to go on.

Renee Walker says …

I would love the opportunity!!!

Geraldine says …

This is fantastic. Always good to help.

Shahd Alathel says …

This would be a great honeymoon for my husband and I . Count me in !

Gerry says …

It would be great to win. I have not been on a vacation for many years!!

Verleen Taylor says …

I want to go!

Michelle Kraus says …

*raises hand*

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