Think back to the last time a friend asked you for a loan. How much was it? 20? 50? 100? Was it so they could take someone special out to a nice dinner? Perhaps it was so they could pick up a pair of concert tickets. Or, maybe they were a little short and needed to make rent for the month. You had a little extra money, so you loaned it to your friend, helped them out, and eventually they paid you back. It felt pretty good to help someone, didn’t it?
The Whole Planet Foundation lends a helping hand every day. An initiative created by Whole Foods Market, the foundation makes a difference worldwide by providing microloans to members of the communities which supply Whole Foods Market with their products. The same small amount you might loan to a friend can end up turning a life around in developing parts of the world. Instead of a night on the town, the money goes to help people start a business. Through these microloans, the foundation makes a permanent, lasting difference not just for these individuals, but for their whole communities.
Right now, the Whole Planet Foundation is sponsoring a contest until March 12 to design a t-shirt that raises awareness not only of their cause but of the entrepreneurs they’re helping on a global scale. The winning design will be sold through Threadless, and part of the proceeds will go directly to help these same entrepreneurs. So, get creative – the first prize if $750, and the contest runs until March 12.