Buy a calendar, change a life! For $2, really. The fourth annual edition of the Whole Planet Foundation calendar is on sale now at Whole Foods Market stores throughout the U.S. You may recall that Whole Planet Foundation funds microcredit in 24 countries where Whole Foods Market sources products, and this year’s calendar features beautiful photographs of inspiring microcredit clients in Turkey, the United States, Indonesia, Ethiopia, India, Thailand, East Timor, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya, Peru, and Guatemala.In addition to a beautiful calendar for only $2, fantastic vendors have provided over $20 in coupons on your favorite products. Thanks to their support, all proceeds from the sale of these calendars will benefit Whole Planet Foundation microcredit clients. You’ll find coupons for $1 off any Seeds of Change Certified Organic product and $1.50 off Nature’s Path Eco Pac Cereal and $1 off any two Honest Teas. You can see the full list of 20 vendor coupons.
Last year, shoppers purchased $65,000 in calendars, which empowered nearly 2,000 poor women and their family members with microloans to create or expand a home-based business and create prosperity. Each year these loans are repaid and we can empower 2,000 more women with an opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty through entrepreneurship. Imagine what we can do this year, with your help.Interested in who you are helping? Check out our photo stories page to learn about microcredit clients like Gulbeyaz in Turkey, who used her microloan to buy items to sell in her small shop that her relatives helped her set up.
Photo courtesy of Dianne BondareffPick up your copy of the Whole Planet Foundation 2011 Calendar in your local U.S. Whole Foods Market store through January. Thanks for your help in making a difference. If there’s no store near you, order yours by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.