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Whole Planet Foundation Poverty Is Unnecessary Partners Commit $325,000 to Alleviate Global Poverty

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Each 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 in countries around the world where the company sources products.  The Poverty is Unnecessary Project spotlights Poverty is Unnecessary Fund donors who collectively are committed to donating $325,000 to alleviate poverty through microcredit. 

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.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Interview with KeVita's Founder Chakra Earthsong

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Chakra Earthsong is the Founder and Chief Formulator of KeVita Drinks.  KeVita alleviates poverty through Whole Planet Foundation, a Whole Foods Market's non-profit.

Reaching Entrepreneurs in Somalia Through Partnership With KIMS Microfinance

by Zoe So, Whole Planet Foundation Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa
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Whole Planet Foundation is excited to announce our new partnership with KIMS Microfinance in Somalia! Our three-year, $300,000 project with KIMS will support an estimated 1,000 microentrepreneurs through the group business loan product. This project is Whole Planet Foundation’s first with outreach in Somalia beyond the Somaliland region.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Interview with Author Kristin Meekhof

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Kristin Meekhof is the author of A Widow’s Guide to Healing, who after meeting microcredit clients in New York, is donating $1 per book sold to alleviate poverty through Whole Planet Foundation. Here’s why.

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Whole Planet Foundation Virtual 5K Raises $25,000 for Low-Income Entrepreneurs

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Five hundred and fifteen participants joined Whole Planet Foundation’s 2021 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 145 microcredit loans through Whole Planet Foundatio

Infographic: Whole Planet Foundation and Partners Are Alleviating Poverty in the United States and Around the World Through Microcredit

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Each quarter Whole Planet Foundation compiles field metrics from our microfinance partners who are disbursing and collecting microcredit loans to low-income entrepreneurs living in countries where Whole Foods Market sources products. With a small loan – the current average first loan size is $174 – an impoverished entrepreneur has the opportunity to create or expand a business, often home-based, and generate income for herself and her family. 

$10,000 Fund Partners Power Her Purpose with Whole Planet Foundation Virtual 5K

by Sandy Mariscal, WPF Senior Marketing and Outreach Program Manager
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Whole Planet Foundation’s $10,000 Fund partners are committed to supporting microentrepreneurs around the world via Whole Planet Foundation’s Power Your Purpose Virtual 5K from August 7-14.

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