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Advocates Making Change Through The Poverty Is Unnecessary Project 2021

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Every year, the Foundation celebrates Poverty Is Unnecessary Day to commemorate the Whole Foods Market Global 5% Day on October 25, 2005, when five percent of shopper purchases raised $525,000 for the seed capital for Whole Planet Foundation.  Since then, Whole Planet Foundation has disbursed $93 million through microfinance partners, funding 5.2 million microcredit loans creating 27.6 million opportunities for the world’s poorest entrepreneurs to create or expand a business and lift themselves and their family members out of poverty. 

Whole Planet Foundation Launches 2021 Poverty Is Unnecessary Project

Whole Planet Foundation’s Online Auction to Alleviate Global Poverty
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Every 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 countries around the world where the company sources products. The Poverty is Unnecessary Project spotlights Poverty is Unnecessary Fund supplier partners who commit to donating $25,000 each and culminates in the foundation’s signature event to alleviate poverty. 

Pact Apparel Recipient of Whole Planet Foundation 2021 Trailblazer Award

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Each year, Whole Planet Foundation honors a trailblazer advocate who supports our mission and fosters their own.

Traditional Medicinals Renews Commitment to the Whole Planet Foundation Supplier Alliance for Microcredit

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For two weeks beginning June 23, supplier partners are supporting the Whole Planet Foundation Prosperity Campaign in select Whole Foods Market stores and online to alleviate poverty in countries that supply the company’s stores with products. 

Naked Juice Renews Commitment to Whole Planet Foundation Supplier Alliance for Microcredit

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For two weeks beginning June 23, supplier partners are supporting the Whole Planet Foundation Prosperity Campaign in select Whole Foods Market stores and online to alleviate poverty in countries that supply the company’s stores with products. 

Whole Planet Foundation and Partners Fund Women Entrepreneurs for International Women's Day During Women's History Month

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Whole Planet Foundation's International Women’s Day virtual event during Women’s History Month had 600 participants come together during March to expand women’s opportunities through access to entrepreneurship. 

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Interview with Vivienne Boucherat

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Visual artist Vivienne Boucherat has donated ten signed copies of her picture book of stunning mixed media, Know Your Crazy, to Whole Planet Foundation’s March 7-8 event honoring women entrepreneurs.

Shoes for Crews Recipient of Whole Planet Foundation 2020 Trailblazer Award

Each year, Whole Planet Foundation honors a trailblazer advocate who supports our mission and fosters their own.
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Shoes for Crews has been a proud supporter of Whole Planet Foundation since 2009 and has generously donated over $220,000 to help alleviate poverty. For every pair of slip resistant shoes that Whole Foods Market Team Members purchase through Shoes for Crews, $1 is donated to Whole Planet Foundation.

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. 

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