Founded in 2005, Whole Planet Foundation® is a Whole Foods Market foundation that funds poverty alleviation worldwide where the company sources products. The nonprofit’s mission is to empower the poor living in developing-world communities with microcredit and the chance to create or expand a home-based business and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. As of December 2012, Whole Planet Foundation is funding microlending programs through microfinance institution partners in 61 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the U.S., supporting over four million people with a chance for a better life. To date, the nonprofit has disbursed more than $62.4 million through microlending partners worldwide and has served four million people with a 97% repayment rate. Learn more and donate online at wholeplanetfoundation.org.
Whole Planet Foundation’s Poverty is Unnecessary Fund provides expansion funds for new microlending projects through a $25,000 annual donation. This $25,000 giving level was launched in 2009 and has expanded to 16 supplier members. $1 can make a difference in the life of an impoverished entrepreneur, and $25,000 can change the lives of 150 impoverished families for generations!