Empowering entrepreneurs in our global communities through microcredit.
Whole Planet Foundation was formed with the entrepreneurial spirit of Whole Foods Market in partnership with Professor Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank, co-recipients of 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Yunus, founder of Bangladesh's Grameen Bank, is a pioneer of microcredit, a tool to empower the poor.
In Professor Yunus's own words: "Microcredit ignites the tiny economic engines of the rejected underclass of society. Once a large number of tiny engines start working, the stage can be set for bigger things." We are also partnering with Fundación Adelante, Pro Mujer and other microfinance institutions implementing microcredit programs.
The Whole Planet Foundation's mission is to create economic partnerships with the poor in those developing-world communities that supply our stores with product. Through innovative assistance for entrepreneurship – including direct microcredit loans and tangible support for other community partnership projects – we seek to unleash the energy and creativity of every human being we work with in order to create wealth and prosperity in emerging economies.
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In this section, you can find a glossary of terms related to microcredit and a summary of frequently asked questions related to Whole Planet Foundation. The resources section includes documents and URL links to useful and informative organizations for those interested in learning more about microcredit or international development, under the following categories:
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WFTO-Philippines is a coalition of Philippine producer groups, marketing organizations and support organizations, as well as individual advocates, commonly adhering to the principles and goals of Fair Trade.
WFTO-Philippines works for the development of progressive and responsible Fair Trade stakeholders in the Philippines, and ensure that each member organization engages in their commitment to the principles and standards of Fair Trade: providing income and food security in disadvantaged communities; empowering community based producers; and promoting a quality and market driven image of Fair Trade products.
WFTO-Philippines serves as a common vehicle of the member organizations towards: Increasing market access, both domestic and export
Raising consumer awareness of Fair Trade
Sharing experiences and taking common action
Establishing a center of information for Fair Trade initiatives, products and services
Lobbying and campaigning for changes in trade policies which will redound to the benefit of marginalized producers WFTO-Philippines is envisaged as the common voice representing issues and concerns of Philippines Fair Traders in the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), and WFTO-Asia.
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