Whole Planet Foundation®
Whole Planet Foundation's mission is poverty alleviation in developing-world communities where Whole Foods Market® sources products. Through microcredit, Whole Planet Foundation seek to unleash the energy and creativity of every human being they work with in order to create wealth and prosperity in emerging economies. Whole Planet Foundation partners with microfinance institutions in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Whole Foods Market Team Member Volunteers Support Microcredit Client Business in Colombia
Whole Foods Market Team Member Volunteers have returned from the first volunteer trip to Colombia! During the trip, they learned about Whole Trade flowers grown by The Elite Flower, saw the process of making mozzarella di bufala at BUF Creamery and even rode horses up a mountain to meet the buffalo! The Team Members formed lasting bonds with each other and the community as they worked together to build a new classroom for deaf students.
This group had the opportunity to bring home very special souvenirs –goods made to order by Jovanni, a microcredit client of Whole Planet Foundation’s partner in Colombia, CMA Aval.
A few of Phyllis Ogden’s Favorite Souvenirs - Including gloves made on the spot
Jovanni and his family worked together to fulfill the orders. One Team Member showed Jovanni a photo of a duffle bag she wanted made. The bag was in a style he had never made before, and he rose to the occasion and constructed this beautiful piece:
Whole Foods Market Team Member Volunteers with Jovanni.
There are ten volunteer trips this year, with eight different countries represented. At the end of the year, more than one hundred Whole Foods Market Team Members will have visited communities where Whole Planet Foundation funds microcredit through local microfinance partners. Learn more about the Whole Foods Market Team Member Volunteer Program at wholeplanetfoundation.org
Get #MoringaInspired with Kuli Kuli’s New Pure Moringa Powder
A leafy, nutritious plant packed with all the essential amino acids of meat is rapidly gaining popularity: Moringa. Kuli Kuli, the maker of delicious Moringa Superfood Bars and Pure Moringa Powder, is teaming up with well-known chef José Andrés to launch a nationwide Instagram recipe competition to help alleviate global poverty. To enter the #MoringaInspired competition, simply create a recipe with Kuli Kuli’s Pure Moringa Powder and snap a photo on Instagram, tagging it with #MoringaInspired and @kulikulifoods. Kuli Kuli is donating 1% of all Pure Moringa powder sales in select Whole Foods Market stores from July - September 2015 to Whole Planet Foundation. For contest details please visit tinyurl.com/moringainspired. There is still time to participate, and you may win a trip to Washington D.C. to dine at José Andrés’s new restaurant, China Chilcano!
Kuli Kuli is strongly aligned with Whole Planet Foundation’s mission to alleviate global poverty. Founded by a former Peace Corps Volunteer, Kuli Kuli sources their moringa from smallholder women farmers in West Africa, working closely with local nonprofits to improve nutrition and livelihoods.
“We’re a group of changemakers who found that selling food products was the best way for us to make a positive impact on this world. Because social good is so core to Kuli Kuli, we’re thrilled to find a like-minded partner in Whole Planet Foundation, an organization that has helped millions of people lift themselves out of poverty,” said Lisa Curtis, Founder & CEO of Kuli Kuli.
Because of its nutritional value, moringa has been promoted as a tool to improve nutritional security by international development organizations such as USAID and the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Just one tablespoon of Kuli Kuli’s Pure Moringa Vegetable Powder is equivalent to a full serving of vegetables according to the USDA. For reference, most Americans only get 1.4 servings of vegetables a day. So get #MoringaInspired and start feeling the benefits of America’s new favorite superfood.
Volvic Partners with Whole Planet Foundation
Volvic launched a new partnership with Whole Planet Foundation in June. "Volvic is proud to partner with Whole Planet Foundation, donating $0.01 for every Volvic Natural Spring Watter bottle purchased at Whole Foods Market to Whole Planet Foundation.”
Whole Planet Foundation funds 1 millionth microloan for poverty alleviation
AUSTIN, Texas (May 27, 2015) – Whole Planet Foundation has now funded 1 million microloans worldwide, empowering impoverished individuals in 65 countries to start or expand a home-based business. Launched in 2005 by Whole Foods Market, Whole Planet Foundation alleviates poverty in communities where the grocer sources products. Less than a decade later, the foundation has granted more than $64 million to microfinance partners across four continents, serving a total of more than 5 million people.
“With no collateral, credit history or a contract required, microloans offer many people something they’ve never had before – a chance to take their future into their own hands and gain financial independence,” said Philip Sansone, president and executive director for Whole Planet Foundation. “That impact extends far beyond the individuals receiving loans. It improves the quality of life for their family and most important, it can break the cycle of poverty for future generations.
Microloans have helped low-income entrepreneurs, mostly women, start or expand a variety of businesses, including artisan goods, prepared foods and food carts, small shareholder agriculture, livestock, at-home bakeries and flower stands. For more information about Whole Planet Foundation, or to make a donation, visit www.wholeplanetfoundation.org.