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Holiday Purchases Power Her Potential: Gifts that Give Part II

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Here are seven more brands who pledge to support microloans for women entrepreneurs through the WholePlanet Foundation when you purchase their products at your local Whole Foods this December.

88 Acres

Woman-founded 88 Acres first opened its doors in Boston, where Whole Planet Foundation funds microcredit through microfinance partner Grameen America. Their goal was to open their bakery in an area of need to drive job growth in the community. Through their continued partnership with Whole Planet Foundation, 88 Acres also creates economic prosperity by finding microloans to support women microentrepreneurs domestically and internationally.

During the month of December, $0.10 from 88 Acres Seed Butters sold in select Whole Foods Market stores will be donated to Whole Planet Foundation.

Aspiring Artists of the Earth

Aspiring Artists of the Earth (Here are) has been supplying Whole Foods Market stores with artisan-crafted collections for 13 years now. Owner and resident artist, Tari Zarka, also the resident glass artist, draws and digitizes the artwork used in their wood collections, which are made entirely in-house in Pennsylvania.

“We believe in giving back. We donate a minimum of 5% of our profits to charity annually. We’re proud to support other female entrepreneurs with Whole Planet Foundation, donating $0.10 of each item sold in select Whole Foods Market stores during the month of December,” says Tari.

Goodie Girl

In 2010, Goodie Girl founder Shira Berk was running the café inside her children’s preschool when a fellow parent challenged her to create a gluten-free cookie modeled after the ones baked at the café. Today, she has built a sweet business selling cookies for people with special diets.

“As a minority-run business, we’ve chosen to support Whole Planet Foundation this holiday season because we want to empower women microentrepreneurs in global communities,” said Shira Berk, Founder of Goodie Girl.”

With every Goodie Girl cookie product sold in select Whole Foods Market stores, 3% of sales will be donated to Whole Planet Foundation.

Greyston

Greyston Bakery’s unique partnership with Whole Planet Foundation has served to advance both organizations’ social initiatives. In addition to supporting job creation at the Bakery, a percentage of brownie sales benefit Whole Planet Foundation.

The team at Greyston Bakery says of the partnership: “During this holiday season and at a time when there is so much turmoil and inequality in the world, it’s comforting to know that Whole Planet Foundation continues to help alleviate poverty by lifting up some of the poorest entrepreneurs throughout the world with microloans. Greyston Bakery is proud to be a supporter of this life-changing mission. We also believe in helping others and we’ve been practicing that for over 35 years through our Open Hire™ policy where people with barriers to employment get hired – no questions asked.”

With every purchase of a Greyston Bakery brownie at select Whole Foods Market stores, $0.25 will be donated to Whole Planet Foundation.

Health-Ade

Health-Ade Kombucha was started in 2012 by a husband, wife, and best friend in a true farmers’ market start-up story: a small credit card and a big dream to make REAL FOOD.

Founder and CSO, Vanessa Dew says, “Whole Planet Foundation is aligned to Health-Ade’s values through and through.  One of Health-Ade’s main pillars of growth is built upon the entrepreneurial spirit and the extent to which we can support others to ‘follow their gut’, particularly when making huge social impact, is a position we will always take. The opportunity Whole Planet Foundation offers to tenacious, innovative, hardworking entrepreneurs that need access to resources to rise up from poverty is priceless.  We are proud partners of that mission especially during this season of giving, where everyone involved in making the future brighter, like Whole Planet Foundation, deserves a little Holiday Cheers!”

For every purchase of Health-Ade’s Holiday Cheers kombucha at select Whole Foods Market stores, $0.10 will be donated to Whole Planet Foundation.

Mop Top

MopTop’s founder Kelly Foreman went years without a good hair day until she began the quest to find beauty in her wild curls. MopTop was the result – a line of natural, junk-free products that will make your hair turn heads, for all the best reasons.

“Whole Planet Foundation totally lines up with our core values of Do the Right Thing & Empower our customers and each other! Love, love, love working to make a positive change in this world,” says Kelly, founder of Mop Top.

With every purchase of MopTop products in select Whole Foods Market stores during the month of December, $0.50 will be donated to Whole Planet Foundation.

The Republic of Tea

The Republic of Tea embodies the ancient Chinese philosophy of Tashun — the Great Harmony — when people naturally care about the world and depend on each other for the well-being of the whole. It is a collective concern for others and aspiration to seek opportunities, initiatives and actions that will better the human condition as well as the planet.

Through years of partnership with Whole Planet Foundation, The Republic of Tea has witnessed first-hand the incredible impact and success that comes from microfinance, empowering and lifting women and families out of poverty around the world where they source fine teas and herbs.

During the month of December, $1.50 from every tin of Biodynamic Holiday Chai sold in select Whole Foods Market stores will be donated to Whole Planet Foundation.

Learn more by visiting wholeplanetfoundation.org

Previously posted on the Whole Planet Foundation blog and 3BL Media news.

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