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<ul><li><p>WHOLE FOODS MARKET TEAM MEMBER VOLUNTEER PROGRAMSOUTH AFRICA 2015 SUMMARY &amp; IMPACT REPORT</p></li><li><p>Whole Planet Foundation (WPF) funds microlending programs in South Africa where Stellar Organic Winery makes wine and The Republic of Tea sources Rooibos for tea sold in Whole Foods Market (WFM) stores. WPF is a WFM non-profit whose mission is to alleviate poverty by funding microlending programs where WFM sources products as a way to alleviate poverty and give back to our global communities. </p><p>Through the WFM Team Member Volunteer Program, WFM gives Team Members the unique opportunity to travel abroad with WPF to, learn about WPF and meet microcredit clients, witnessing the transformative power of microcredit, see where and how WFM products are grown, provide community service, experience and learn from other cultures and challenge themselves by exploring exciting countries around the globe.</p><p>WHOLE FOODS MARKET TEAM MEMBER VOLUNTEER PROGRAM </p></li><li><p>WFM TEAM MEMBER VOLUNTEER PROGRAM TRAVEL IN SOUTH AFRICA</p><p>WFM VENDOR PARTNER STELLAR ORGANIC WINERY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT </p><p>WITH STELLAR FOUNDATION,BETWEEN KLAWER AND VREDENDAL</p><p>WFM SUPPLIER PARTNER THE REPUBLIC OF TEA SOURCES ROOIBOS </p><p>IN CLANWILLIAM</p><p>THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE</p><p>WHALE-WATCHING IN HERMANUS</p><p>WPF MICROLENDING PARTNER SMALL ENTERPRISE </p><p>FOUNDATION AND KRUGER NATIONAL PARK IN NELSPRUIT</p></li><li><p>11 WFM Team Member Volunteers traveled to South Africa to build a kitchen and dining hall, plant a garden and paint a schoolhouse for a school with Stellar Foundation and plant trees in a township </p><p>with Green Pop. They visited with microcredit clients of WPF microlending partner Small Enterprise Foundation in Nelspruit, learned about the wine that Stellar Winery makes and the Rooibos tea that </p><p>The Republic of Tea sources for their teas, which are sold in WFM stores. Team Members learned about the history of apartheid and experienced the wonderful landscape, f lora and fauna of South </p><p>Africa including game drives to spot the big f ive in Kruger National Park.</p><p>TEAM </p><p>Aaron Kleckner (Mid-Atlantic Region, North Wales Store) </p><p>Claudia Becerra (Southwest Region, Lamar Store) </p><p>Daniel Brea (Northeast Region, Union Square Store) </p><p>Jeffrey Lesky (Northeast Region, Brooklyn Store) </p><p>Nicole Poirier (Southwest Region, Veterans Store) </p><p>Robert Whaley (Pacific Northwest Region, Regional Office) </p><p>Ruth Pettengill (Rocky Mountain Region, Pikes Peak Store) </p><p>Tatia Nichols-Arles (United Kingdom, Cheltenham Store) </p><p>Tyler Robinson (Rocky Mountain Region, SouthGlenn Store) </p><p>Vishan Dookhu (southern Pacific Region, Kahala Mall Store) </p><p>Cynthia Tom (Northeast Region, Regional Office) </p><p>SOUTH AFRICA 2015 SUMMARY &amp; IMPACT REPORT</p><p>GROUP COORDINATOR Barbara Joubert </p><p>SOUTH AFRICA GUIDES Barbara Joubert </p><p>PROJECT COORDINATOR Irene Dell </p><p>PROGRAM MANAGER Genie Bolduc</p></li><li><p>TRIP 1 ITINERARY- 2 WEEKS </p><p>Day 1 Wednesday August 19 - Arrive Nelspruit </p><p>Day 2 Thursday August 20 - Visit with WPF microlending partner Small Enterprise Foundation (SEF) and evening safari at Kruger National Park </p><p>Day 3 Friday August 21 - Morning safari at Kruger National Park, leave Nelspruit for Cape Town </p><p>Day 4 Saturday August 22 - Community service work with GreenPop planting trees in township near Cape Town, tour of township and Cape Town </p><p>Day 5 Sunday August 23 - Lunch at Muisbosskerm Seafood, Lamberts Bay, with Stellar Organic Winery, arrive Klawer </p><p>Day 6 Monday August 24 - Community Service with Stellar Foundation at Steilhoogte Grade R </p><p>Day 7 Tuesday August 25 - Community Service with Stellar Foundation at Steilhoogte Grade R </p><p>Day 8 Wednesday August 26 - Community Service with Stellar Foundation at Steilhoogte Grade R </p><p>Day 9 Thursday August 27 - Community Service with Stellar Foundation at Steilhoogte Grade R </p><p>Day 10 Friday August 28 - </p><p>Day 11 Saturday August 29 - Leave Klawer for Cape Town, sightseeing </p><p>Day 12 Sunday August 30 - Cape of Good Hope and Hermanus tours </p><p>Day 13 Monday August 31 - Depart for home </p><p>2015 SOUTH AFRICA TRIP ITINERARY AUGUST 19 - 31</p></li><li><p>THE EXPERIENCE</p><p>Snagging an elephant selfie</p><p>Visiting the Cape Of Good Hope Refurbishing a kitchen and dining hall</p><p>Learning about Stellar Organic Winery winePlanting trees in a township outside of Cape Town</p><p>Planting garden beds for a homeless shelter</p><p>Meeting microcredit clients of Small Enterprise Foundation, Whole Planet Foundations microlending partner in South Africa</p></li><li><p>Team Members were introduced many dished featuring Rooibos tea, a tea that is indigenous to South Africa and bobotie, a Cape-Malay creation, minced meat spiced with cumin, coriander and cloves. They were treated to a delicious meal of fresh seafood, rice and barbecue, all cooked outside at one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. There were a lot of exotic meats available including kudu and ostrich.</p><p>The team was treated to dance exhibitions from dancers and exposed to the seafaring history of South Africa, penguins, and some of the most diverse flora and fauna. They and participated in a historical tour of Cape Town, learning about Nelson Mandela and the history of apartheid as well as visiting a township outside of town.</p><p>South Africa has world renowned Kruger National Park where game watchers come from all over the world to se the big five and if they are lucky, a rare pack of wild dogs too! </p><p>FOOD</p><p>CULTURE</p><p>TRADITION</p></li><li><p>WHOLE PLANET FOUNDATION MICROLENDING PARTNER SMALL ENTERPRISE FOUNDATION </p><p>FEMALECLIENTS</p><p>99% 99.80%</p><p>REPAYMENTRATE</p><p>9,719</p><p>WPF SUPPORTED CLIENTS AS OF 9/30/2015</p><p>History: The Small Enterprise Foundation (SEF) is a not for profit, pro-poor microfinance institution working towards the eradication of poverty by creating a supportive environment where credit and savings services foster sustainable income generation, job creation and social empowerment. SEF started in 1991 after founder John De Witt was exposed to the Grameen methodology during a trial project conducted by the local NGO he was working with at the time in Limpopo province. The organization is headquartered in Tzaneen in Limpopo Province with operations in 54 branches covering 4 provinces (Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northwest &amp; Eastern Cape). SEF actively targets rural populations and specifically those lying off the paved roads that are most excluded from existing banking services. Otherwise South African loan sharks or mashonisacan charge up to 50 R interest on a loan of 100 Rand. </p><p>WPF Partnership: Project phase 1 (May 2011- May 2013) WPF grant funding of $355,882 allowed SEF to directly fund 2,044 new clients in Mpumalanga. SEF was also able to access additional capital from commercial banks willing to leverage the new equity. By leveraging WPF capital, SEF reached an additional 3,067 new clients. </p><p>Project phase 2 (May 2013-May 2014): WPF 0% interest loan of $144,118 to further increase the portfolio in Mpumalanga by 400 clients. </p><p>Project phase 3 (October 2013-October 2016): WPF 0% interest loan of $1 million to add 5053 new clients. SEF has received funding through the South African governments Jobs </p><p>Fund to open new branches. WPF funding will compliment this endeavour by providing the loan capital for 6 new branches in South Mpumalanga. </p><p> Total WPF Authorized funds: $1.5 million Total WPF Funds Disbursed to SEF: $1,108,000 </p><p>Small Enterprise Foundations Approach: SEF Development Facilitators conduct village outreach to identify supportive locations. They then conduct participatory wealth ranking surveys in partnership with local village leadership to identify the poorest households. The program is presented to the target group and interested community members can begin process of self-selecting solidarity groups. Five members make a solidarity group and several groups come together to form a center. Each member needs group and center approval of their loan application before it is presented to the SEF branch manager. SEF assists members in opening bank accounts at local Postal Banks where the loan disbursements are wired and payments made. The SEF development facilitators do not handle money in the field as safety/security is a concern in South Africa. A typical first loan size is about $120 with interest and principal repaid biweekly. SEF charges 15%, declining interest on a typical six month loan. There is also an initiation fee and VAT tax on each subsequent loan. Clients can shift to monthly repayment in subsequent loans, but meetings still take place bi-weekly to check progress and make savings deposits. Clients within a group and groups within a center may be on different loan cycles and have different disbursement dates. If a member is unable to repay, the groups and centers are expected to cover the defaulted payment. </p><p>SMALL ENTERPRISE FOUNDATION</p><p>http://www.sef.co.za</p></li><li><p>SHOPKEEPER Team Member volunteers visited with this woman who has a small kiosk from which she sells snacks and fruit. </p><p>SEF STAFF SUPPORT The staff of WPFs micro lending partner Small Enterprise Foundation work tirelessly, driving from village to village and walking from house to hose to support the clients they serve.</p><p>CENTER MEETING Team Member volunteers split into several groups and attended center meetings where groups of clients come together to get disbursements and make payments on their loans. before walking around the neighborhood from microcredit client business to microcredit client business. They spent time with Small Enterprise Foundation field agents and learned about SEFs methodology.</p><p>PRODUCE This microcredit client of SEF laid out a blanket as her shop on which she placed bags full of beautiful produce to sell.</p><p>FRUIT STAND The beauty of this clients produce makes a compelling display. Time and time again volunteers witnessed the ingenuity and hard work that microcredit clients put into their businesses.</p><p>CLOTHING Many clients buy sewing machines to use to make clothes, beautiful dresses or school uniforms using their talent to repay their loans and expand their businesses.</p></li><li><p>THE REPUBLIC OF TEAWHOLE FOODS MARKET SUPPLIER PARTNER </p><p>Rooibos (pronounced ROY-boss) is a dramatic red tea made from a South African herb that contains polyphenols and flavonoids. Often called African redbush tea, Rooibos herbal tea delights the senses and delivers potential health benefits with each caffeine-free sip.</p><p>THE REPUBLIC OF TEA </p><p>http://www.republicoftea.com</p></li><li><p>TASTING The team learned about how Rooibos is evaluated for quality, including color and taste. Rooibos is indigenous to South Africa, so these steps of evaluation are unique to Rooibos.</p><p>FACTORY AT WORK Team Members had the unique opportunity to see The Republic of Teas Rooibos being produced. The Republic of Tea has over 30 herbal teas that contain either red or green Rooibos, which has an abundance of antioxidants.</p><p>FACTORY VISIT Volunteers at Rooibos Ltd to learn about the growing, processing and uses of Rooibos tea that The Republic of Tea sources in South Africa.</p><p>WAREHOUSE Team Members toured the facilities seeing the vast amounts of Rooibos herbal tea that are produced by this one plant alone.</p><p>FACTORY TOUR Team Members participated in a professional tasting of Rooibos tasting to learn more about how processes affect the quality of Rooibos herbal tea.</p><p>ROOIBOS FACILITY TOUR The volunteers toured the extensive facility where Rooibos is brought to be processed for red (oxidized) or green (unoxidized) Rooibos. Quality evaluations, packing, storage and preparations for export all happen here where Rooibos grow in the hundreds of acres surrounding the facility.</p></li><li><p>STELLAR ORGANICS WINERYWHOLE FOODS MARKET SUPPLIER PARTNER</p><p>Information from Stellar Organic Winery: </p><p>Stellar Winery is South Africas largest producer of fine organic, fair trade wines. The cellar is situated at Kys Halte, just outside the Namaqualand town of Vredendal in the Western Cape Province, an area famous for its spring flowers and the only semi-arid Biosphere hotspot in the world. </p><p>Stellar sources organic grapes from a number of independent farms, which, together with the cellar, bottling and packaging plant make up a fair trade structure, the Stellar Multi-Estate. Workers on the farms and in the winery, including seasonal workers, together own 26% of the enterprise through shares in Stellar Empowerment Trust. </p><p>Innovation is one of our strengths and since our wines first appeared on the market in 2003 we have broken new ground in both winemaking and social development. </p><p>Our no-added-sulphur wine range, created in 2004, has been so successful that today Stellar is the worlds leading producer in this category. </p><p>The fair trade program began in 2004 and over the years has delivered to its beneficiaries a portion of the enterprise and developmental initiatives aimed at improving living and working conditions. Stellar Foundation, a non-profit and public benefits organization, manages development projects on the farms and in the communities from which the Stellar workers come. A detailed picture of the Foundations work can be found here. </p><p>We export bottled and bulk wine to markets in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. The number of ranges, labelling flexibility and in-house design capacity give customers a wide selection from which to choose products tailored to their markets. </p><p>stellarorganics.com </p><p>http://stellarorganics.com</p></li><li><p>STELLAR ORGANICS WINERYWHOLE FOODS MARKET SUPPLIER PARTNER</p><p>Information from Stellar Organic Winery: </p><p>Stellar Winery is South Africas largest producer of fine organic, fair trade wines. The cellar is situated at Kys Halte, just outside the Namaqualand town of Vredendal in the Western Cape Province, an area famous for its spring flowers and the only semi-arid Biosphere hotspot in the world. </p><p>Stellar sources organic grapes from a number of independent farms, which, together with the cellar, bottling and packaging plant make up a fair trade structure, the Stellar Multi-Estate. Workers on the farms and in the winery, including seasonal workers, together own 26% of the enterprise through shares in Stellar Empowerment Trust. </p><p>Innovation is one of our strengths and since our wines first appeared on the market in 2003 we have broken new ground in both winemaking and social development. </p><p>Our no-added-sulphur wine range, created in 2004, has been so successful that today Stellar is the worlds leading producer in this category. </p><p>The fair trade program began in 2004 and over the years has delivered to its beneficiaries a portion of the enterprise and developmental initiatives aimed at improving living and working conditions. Stellar Foundation, a non-profit and public benefits organization, manages development projects on the farms and in the communities from which the Stellar workers come. A detailed picture of the Foundations work can be found here. </p><p>We export bottled and bulk wine to markets in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. The number of ranges, labelling flexibility and in-house design capacity give customers a wide selection from which to choose products tailored to their markets. </p><p>stellarorganics.com </p><p>http://stellarorganics.com</p></li><li><p>ORGANIC...</p></li></ul>