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Whole Planet Foundation Launches Annual Poverty Is Unnecessary Project

Online Auction to alleviate global poverty through microcredit
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This October, Whole Planet Foundation celebrates its global impact on poverty and the partners who further its mission. In 2005, Whole Foods Market launched Whole Planet Foundation, its non-profit dedicated to global poverty alleviation through microcredit in communities around the world where the company sources products.  The Poverty is Unnecessary Project spotlights Poverty is Unnecessary Fund supplier partners who collectively are committed to donating $250,000 and culminates in the foundation’s signature Annual Benefit and Auction via an online format. 

Climate Week: Our Commitment to Combatting the Climate Crisis

By Sri Shivananda
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The consequences of global climate change are not a distant problem. They are real and plainly visible today. Raging wildfires are once again devastating forests across the Western United States, with smoke spreading east across the continent, causing unhealthy or hazardous air quality for millions. Just last month, monsoons wreaked havoc in India as a year’s worth of rain fell in just one month. History shows that it is the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged communities that bear the brunt of the financial blow that often accompanies climate events.

Last-Mile Investment in Malawi: A Whole Planet Foundation Interview with GGEM Farming's Ko Chijota

by Zoe So, Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa
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The Whole Planet Foundation team is excited to introduce our new partnership with GGEM Farming, a young social enterprise operating out of Nkhotakota, on the shores of Lake Malawi. GGEM Farming is the first partner we are engaging under a new initiative to make our funding more accessible to early stage, locally-led companies. Such companies often have programs that are informed by deep knowledge of the local context, and the staff are rooted in the communities where they work.

How You Can Make an Impact with a $10 Donation to Whole Planet Foundation

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Whole Planet Foundation is a Whole Foods Market non-profit dedicated to alleviating poverty through microcredit around the globe in countries that supply stores with products.  Currently, that's 25 communities in 19 cities in the Unitest States and 76 other countries. Microcredit is small loans - the current average first loan size is $174 - with no formal contract or collateral, provided to low-income entrepreneurs to create or expand a small business, mostly home-based, for the opportunity to generate income and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. 

Why Does Such A Thing Exist? Solidarity Microfinance for Women in the United States

by J.P. Kloninger, Whole Planet Foundation North America Program Manager
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The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines poverty as “the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.” However, what is “usual” or “socially acceptable” can vary quite a bit from one person, family, or community to the next, and certainly from one country to the next.  We are thus compelled to use some sort of criteria or thresholds, formally or informally, to help us define poverty as it exists in different contexts.

Empowering Entrepreneurs: Interview with Rob Howard of Brooksource

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Brooksource is a proud event sponsor of the Whole Planet Foundation Virtual 5K that raised $63,000 to alleviate poverty around the globe.  On June 27, 2020, fifteen hundred participants joined Whole Planet Foundation’s Power Your Purpose Virtual 5K to run, walk, bike or move for microcredit.  Registration fees, donations and sponsorships from this online event will fund more than 360 microcredit loans through Whole Planet Foundation, creating 1,900 opportu

Shining the Global Spotlight on Women-Led Startups

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After using different forms of contraception for a decade, Marina Pavlovic Rivas was fed up with the various side effects and looking for a better option. She wanted something non-invasive, without hormones but still reliable. Her search came up empty.

So, Pavlovic looked to create her own solution with her partner Thomas Cortina and, last summer, Eli Health was born.

Whole Planet Foundation Virtual 5K Raises $63,000 for Low-Income Entrepreneurs

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Fifteen hundred participants joined Whole Planet Foundation’s Power Your Purpose Virtual 5K to run, walk, bike or move for microcredit.  Registration fees, donations and sponsorships from this online event will fund more than 360 microcredit loans through Whole Planet Foundation, creating 1,900 opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs and their family members to change their own lives through entrepreneurship.

COVID-19's Resurgence, Commercial Real Estate, and Tourism

By Carl R. Tannenbaum, Ryan James Boyle, Vaibhav Tandon
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  • The Coronavirus Breaks Containment
  • Space Available
  • The Cost of Staycations
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  • The Coronavirus Breaks Containment
  • Space Available
  • The Cost of Staycations

Whole Planet Foundation Partners with Hope for Haiti in Power Your Purpose Virtual 5K

Whole Planet Foundation is grateful to our partners and participants who are mobilizing to support microentrepreneurs around the world on June 27th!
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Pivoting from a physical 5K Run in Austin, Texas to an online event due to COVID-19 has meant partners like Hope for Haiti are joining Whole Planet Foundation from a safe distance to alleviate poverty through microcredit around the globe.  On average, microcredit loans are less than $200 and enable low-income entrepreneurs, mostly women, to start or develop their own small businesses to support their families.  For the past 5 years, Hope for Haiti has been investing in Haitian economy by making nearly $1 million in grants and loans to support Haitian entrepreneurs and social businesses. 

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