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Whole Planet Foundation Commits $1M To Grameen America

Nonprofit helps U.S. microlender come to Detroit

DETROIT, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Grameen America, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit microfinance organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Muhammad Yunus, receives $1M commitment from Whole Planet Foundation® to support entrepreneurs in Detroit. Whole Foods Market co-CEO, Walter Robb, announced the commitment as part of Whole Foods Market's investment in the City of Detroit. The Detroit store officially opened June 5, 2013.

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To date, Grameen America has provided microloans, training and support to over 16,600 low-income women in New York, Omaha, Indianapolis, the Bay Area, Charlotte, and Los Angeles to build small businesses. Learn how Grameen America and Whole Planet Foundation help aspiring women living below the poverty line to create jobs and income for themselves and their families through our microfinance program.

ABOUT GRAMEEN AMERICA
Founded by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus, Grameen America is dedicated to helping women who live in poverty build small businesses to create better lives for their families. We offer microloans, training and support to transform communities and fight poverty in the United States. Since opening in January 2008, Grameen America, has disbursed over $85 million in microloans to more than 16,600 women. Learn how you can help at grameenamerica.org.

ABOUT WHOLE PLANET FOUNDATION ®
Founded in 2005, Whole Planet Foundation is a Whole Foods Market foundation promoting poverty alleviation worldwide where the company sources products.  The Foundation's mission is to empower the very poor living in developing-world communities with a chance to create or expand a home-based business and lift themselves and their families out of poverty through microcredit.  As of May 2013, the Foundation is funding microlending programs through microfinance institution partners in the U.S. and 56 other countries around the globe and supports more than 1.6 million people with a chance for a better life.  Learn more at wholeplanetfoundation.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Grameen America: Nicole Meyers, 212-735-4094, [email protected]  
Whole Foods Market: Liz Burkhart, 512-284-1836, [email protected]

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