We recently teamed up with our friends at Sambazon to offer one lucky winner and their guest a week-long trip to Brazil, to visit the beautiful beaches of Rio de Janeiro and explore the Amazon Rainforest. Katie T. from Houston, Texas is our lucky winner. Not only will she get to see the typical Brazilian sights, she’ll also visit Sambazon’s production facilities and meet the family farmers who grow the organic açaí used in their products. Her trip will give her a comprehensive look into the lively Brazilian culture and Sambazon’s rainforest roots. Known for introducing açaí into the US market, Sambazon has been working with Brazil’s local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to build the supply of organic açaí. Over 10,000 people in the Amazon now help Sambazon harvest açaí through their fair trade program. This incentivizes farmers to manage their land and protect it for generations to come. “A HUGE thank you to Sambazon and Whole Foods for awarding me with this incredible experience and adventure!” Katie said. “I can't wait to be immersed in the sounds, tastes, smells and culture of Brazil!” In addition to offering this experience of a lifetime, Sambazon is donating $1 per contest entry received to Whole Planet Foundation to help fight poverty worldwide. From June 20th through July 20th, we received 10,717 entries, which means a $10,717 donation to the Foundation! With Sambazon’s support and through valued microfinance institution partners worldwide, in five years Whole Planet Foundation has empowered over 146,000 clients with microcredit loans, supporting almost 900,000 people in 40 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. (Read the stories of some of these amazing entrepreneurs on Whole Planet Foundation’s site.) As Whole Foods Market covers all the operating costs of the Foundation, 100% of the $10,717 will directly fund microlending projects worldwide where Whole Foods Market sources product. With your continued support to Whole Planet Foundation, we can reach more impoverished families who can change their own lives through hard work and entrepreneurship. Go online to donate anytime and together we can continue to change the world through microcredit. What’s your favorite way to enjoy açaí? Tell us in the comments below by August 18 and we’ll randomly select four lucky responders to receive free goodies from Sambazon!