SAMBAZON Renews Commitment to Alleviating Poverty through Whole Planet Foundation
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.
Since 2006, Whole Planet Foundation has disbursed $92 million through microfinance partners in 78 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas, including in 20 U.S. cities. Whole Planet Foundation collaborates with a wide network of microfinance organizations and supports entrepreneurs in some of the most marginalized and remote communities around the world, funding 4.9 million microloans and 26 million opportunities for a better life for microentrepreneurs and their family members.
“With a microcredit loan, an impoverished woman can generate income and lift up herself and her family. Each year, the generosity and support of Team Members, shoppers, suppliers and corporate partners provides life-changing opportunities for microentrepreneurs to generate income and lift themselves and their families out of poverty,” said Joy Stoddard, Whole Planet Foundation development and outreach director. Because Whole Foods Market covers the foundation’s operational costs, 100% of every donation benefits microcredit clients.
SAMBAZON has committed $50,000 to Whole Planet Foundation. As a repeat annual donor, SAMBAZON has donated $360,975 to fund 8,000 microloans and create 43,900 opportunities for entrepreneurs and their families to live a better life.
"SAMBAZON is excited to continue our partnership with Whole Planet Foundation to elevate our triple bottom line philosophy of achieving environmental, social, and economic impact through our business. At SAMBAZON, we partner with thousands of family farmers to facilitate sustainable harvesting, manufacturing and marketing of organic Açaí to the world. We also give a percentage of our fruit purchases back to our partnered Amazonian communities, which support our harvest communities through infrastructure development like building schools, health clinics and water filtration equipment. Whole Planet Foundation has done an incredible job showing the impact of investment in the developing world.” John Clotfelter, SAMBAZON, Director of Sales