Sunday, July 31, 2011

Whole Planet Foundation

Photo Credit: Whole Planet Foundation

You've probably been to Whole Foods.  You've made the most creative lunch from their hot plates and salad bars, you've wondered whether to compost, recycle, or trash something on the way out, and you've paid a lot more than you would at Ralphs or Vons.  Did you know that Whole Foods Market also operates the Whole Planet Foundation to empower entrepreneurs in developing countries that supply their stores?  The Whole Planet Foundation provides financial assistance, through direct microcredit loans and grants, along with training programs to people in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.  Whole Foods strives to actively participate in their communities, both domestic and international, to contribute to the economic well being of the places they source and sell their products.

If you are interested in supporting their mission and empowering a community of microentrepreneurs, feel free to learn more or make a donation through their website.  Whole Foods Market covers all of the operating and overhead costs, so your donation goes directly to the microlending programs and female entrepreneurs.


  1. As a team member of Whole Foods Market, I'd like to thank you for writing this article! I'd only add two points: team members of WFM can choose to donate to Whole Planet Foundation through their paychecks--starting with $5 per check. Additionally, the significance of the photo you included is that the New Center Point store in Colorado Springs, CO was the FIRST STORE company-wide to reach 100% team member participation! Thanks again for featuring us.

  2. Thanks for sharing, Jaime! Great to hear from you.