One of the most rewarding aspects of business success is the opportunity to give back and make a difference in the world. When you’re able expand existing partnerships and support good works that empower others to attain success, that’s even better for everyone involved.
The partnership of Shoes For Crews with the Whole Planet Foundation is just such a success story. Through a continuing partnership with Whole Foods Market as provider for their Team members’ safety footwear, Shoes For Crews was introduced to the unique works of their acclaimed Whole Planet Foundation.
Whole Planet Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market and dedicated to poverty alleviation. Their mission: to empower the world’s poorest people by issuing microcredit loans to entrepreneurs (88% of them female) in places where Whole Foods Market sources products.
Since the first Whole Planet Foundation funded loan was disbursed in April 2006, the Foundation has authorized $90 million in microloans, creating more than 18 million opportunities for microentrepreneurs and their families
Shoes For Crews, the preferred safety footwear partner for Whole Foods Market, is committed to supporting the Whole Planet Foundation in its goal of alleviating poverty around the globe through the use of microloans. For every pair of safety shoes purchased by a Whole Foods Market Team Member, Shoes For Crews donates $1 to the Whole Planet Foundation.
As of July 2019, Shoes For Crews has donated $152,378 since 2016, which has funded 1,303 microcredit loans. These loans have directly and indirectly impacted thousands, from family members to communities at large, both domestically and abroad.
Making an Impact
Audra Murray, Shoes for Crews Strategic Account Manager, joined the Whole Planet Foundation for its 2019 Annual Domestic Impact visit to Miami, FL. ” Through the safety partnership Shoes For Crews has with Whole Foods Market, we are able to contribute to Whole Planet Foundation and impact the lives of women all over the world, ” Audra said. “Being able to meet some of these women in Miami was truly an inspiration to me. They had the will, they just needed a little help finding the way. All these women have a true entrepreneurial spirit and through the Whole Planet Foundation, they received the support they needed to make great things happen!”