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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.

Q: What inspired you to start writing and start supporting Whole Planet Foundation?

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.

People Are Moving for Microcredit during the Whole Planet Foundation Virtual 5K

Whole Planet Foundation is grateful to our partners and participants who are mobilizing to support microentrepreneurs around the world starting August 7!
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Whole Planet Foundation is delighted for partners to join our mission of alleviating poverty through microcredit, wherever they are! On average, microcredit loans are less than $200 and enable low-income entrepreneurs, mostly women, to create or expand their own microbusinesses to support their families.  Whole Planet Foundation alleviates poverty in 78 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas, including 20 cities in the United States.

Whole Planet Foundation Campaign Raises $1.1 Million to Alleviate Poverty Around the Globe

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For two weeks during June 23 and July 6, shoppers at Whole Foods Market donated $1,114,464 to Whole Planet Foundation at the registers in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. to alleviate poverty in countries supplying Whole Foods Market stores with products.

Sharing Voices from our Partners: Field Officer Awards in West Africa and the Middle East

Photo at the top is Assilassime’s nominee, Magnoulelen, receiving her award at a celebratory party at her branch office in Togo.
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By Claire Kelly, Regional Director for West Africa/MENA and Interim Regional Director for Asia 

Whole Planet Foundation launched the Field Officer Appreciation Award in 2014 and it remains one of my favorite annual milestones.  However, it wasn’t until 2018 that WPF requested a quote from each nominated field officer as part of the nomination.  These stories often reveal the field officer’s inspiration to join their organization and recount stories of client support of which they’re particularly proud of.

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. 

Honest Tea 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. 

Topo Chico 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. 

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