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Help Austin Whole Foods Stores Raise $5.7 Million for Global Poverty Relief this March

published on March 11, 2013

whole foods microloansWhole Foods Market locations in Austin, Texas are bustling with energy since Whole Planet Foundation kicked off its 2013 Prosperity Campaign for global poverty relief. The five Austin stores have four weeks to raise $5.7 million – funds that will give more than 200,000 people a chance for a better life through over 36,000 microloans.

With no collateral, credit history or a contract required, microloans offer many low-income women their first chance to gain financial independence, launch their own businesses, and start a new life. Prosperity from food carts, at-home bakeries, and tailor shops can help women provide healthier meals, better housing, and an education for themselves and their children.

“A loan as small as $200 can spark lifelong change for a poor entrepreneur, providing the opportunity for her to create or grow her own business and lift herself and her family out of poverty,” said Philip Sansone, president and executive director of Whole Planet Foundation.

To date, the Whole Planet Foundation has committed more than $34 million and disbursed more than $24 million worldwide, supporting more than 1.5 million people around the world.

whole foods povertyThrough March 31, Whole Foods shoppers can make a difference by participating in hundreds of fundraising opportunities, from wine tastings and fashion shows to charity races. They also can donate at store checkouts or online at

For the first time, WFM shoppers can enter for a chance to win a trip to Morocco, courtesy of Intrepid Travel, to see the power of microcredit first-hand. On this five-day adventure for two, travelers will meet women who benefit from the foundation’s support, while taking in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Morocco.

“This year, we’re honored to offer shoppers a chance to see just how deeply their fundraising dollars can impact a woman and her family abroad,” says Philip Sansone.

whole foods micro loansLooking for a Whole Foods Market near you? The new Arbor Trails location on William Cannon is perfect for shoppers with homes in Shady Hollow and other Southwest Austin neighborhoods. Commuters with Westlake homes tend to visit the Downtown Austin Whole Foods (the world headquarters), or the new location in the Hill Country Galleria off Hwy 71.

Coming south? Residents of homes in Milwood and other north Austin neighborhoods often visit either the Gateway or Domain Whole Foods Markets.

The Austin REALTORS® at Regent Property Group applaud the Whole Planet Foundation for its campaign to end world poverty. We believe local companies striving to make a difference, like Whole Foods Market, are part of what makes Austin such a wonderful place to live!

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