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This week’s post is sponsored by Whole Planet Foundation, a Whole Foods Market nonprofit organization. The Foundation funds microcredit loans to stimulate economies in 68 countries, including the United States. Since 2005, Whole Planet Foundation has given 1.5 million loans to mostly women entrepreneurs. 

***To enter to win a Whole Planet Foundation re-useable bag and their Liberation Soup cookbook, scroll down to the bottom and enter your name info the form***

There are a lot of different organizations that work to alleviate poverty in countries around the world, and Whole Planet Foundation is one of them. 

I’m really excited to share about the work Whole Planet Foundation is doing, which you may have heard about when checking out at Whole Foods Market stores.

Whole Planet Foundation is a nonprofit 501c(3), that raises money through partnerships, individual donations, and the sale of their Liberation Soup cookbook to provide loan capital to microfinance partner companies. These partner companies work on the ground to loan money and provide resources to entrepreneurs to help start and grow businesses. (100% of Whole Planet Foundation’s overhead costs are covered by Whole Foods Market, allowing 100% of donations to go to loans.)

In a world where so many organizations, from the goodness of their hearts, try to fix issues related to poverty by coming in and giving food or clothing away for free, I think it’s good to highlight programs that work to stimulate economies from the ground up. By loaning money to motivated people who lack access to capital, we can foster an environment for people to step into their own power, contribute to society in a meaningful way, and provide for their families in a way that makes them proud.

Whole Planet Foundation’s work, often referred to as ‘microfinance’, is super important because in developing countries it’s very common for people to face huge barriers to obtain even the smallest of loans that would help them get started in growing a business. (If you’re unfamiliar with microfinance, perhaps you’re familiar with Kiva, Kickstarter, Indiegogo or GoFundMe which are also platforms for people to raise money to fund their projects).

To date, Whole Planet Foundation, along with their partners, have supplied 58 million dollars in microloans to over 1.5 million families – 87% of clients are female, with an unprecedented repayment rate of 97%.  For individual stories about the entrepreneurs who they are helping, visit their Who We Support page.  

What’s even cooler is that every dollar re-paid is loaned out again and again, so you’re gift keeps on giving.

And because I love what WPF has to offer – I am thrilled to announce a giveaway! Enter your name in the form below for a chance to win a copy of Liberation Soup and a Whole Planet Foundation re-useable grocery bag.

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No purchase necessary to enter this giveaway. A winner will be chosen at random on December 10th, 2016. Colorado residents 18 and older only. 

If you want to get involved, you can also give online or create a Facebook fundraiser.



Donation-based Classes to Support Boulder's Give Back Yoga Foundation

This month I'm really happy to be spreading the word about the Give Back Yoga Foundation, a nationally recognized non-profit based out of Boulder. GBYF does great work supporting and funding yoga teachers of all traditions to bring yoga and mindfulness techniques to underserved populations such as veterans, cancer survivors, people in recovery from substance abuse and eating disorders, in addition to people in prison. 

During the entire month of November, studios around the country are hosting donation-based yoga classes to raise money for Give Back Yoga Foundation. In Colorado, please consider attending one of the classes below and supporting this awesome local non-profit.