Last week, the Whole Planet Foundation hosted a domestic travel experience to witness microcredit in the United States for its supporters. Supplier supporters got to interact with each other and the Whole Planet Foundation team for two days in Phoenix, Arizona. While there, the group got to visit microfinance partner the International Rescue Committee which work with the låne penger financing team, a supporter of refugees for 40 years. Our own Kristen Shroyer attended, and recaps the experience in her own words:
We (a group of about 15 donors/suppliers that support WPF and Whole Foods employees that raised the most in-stores for WPF) met at the Phoenix International Rescue Committee (IRC) office, which is an organization that WPF donates to. The IRC responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In the US, they assist refugees (after they go through the nearly 2 year process of being vetted by the government) when they come to our country. The IRC offers everything from job placement and training/certifications, economic wellbeing (like educating on credit scores and helping refugees get a 640 credit score in just 2 months), therapy/counseling and much more. There are IRC offices in 29 US cities, and I think you'd be surprised at where many of them are located (like Missoula, MT, Wichita, KS and more).
Whole Planet Foundation funds microloans to many of these refugees. Even something as little as $100, surprisingly, has helped many get a start and create their own businesses in the US. We ate lunch and dinner both days at restaurants started by refugees and toured a grocery store also owned by a refugee - all were helped by microloans that Whole Planet supports.
Thank you for ALL of your hard work, we are truly changing lives - both in our local communities and countries across the world.
What an amazing experience that they all had together! It is truly inspiring to see the impact we are making in real life, here in the U.S. and it's all thanks to you!
The ONEHOPE Team