5K fights poverty with small loans

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In an effort to help alleviate poverty, Whole Foods Market Westminster is hosting a 5K run, with the help of Road Runner Sports.

The 5K run will be March 2, and the cost is $5 to participate. Alana Trembly, marketing and community relations for Whole Foods Market Westminster, said all of the proceeds will benefit Whole Planet Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market.

“We wanted to do something really impactful for the Whole Planet Foundation, something on a lower scale, really connecting our customers,” she said. “We thought a 5K would be a great opportunity to promote our mission of healthy eating and staying physically fit, while also supporting one of the organizations we are associated with.”

Whole Planet Foundation’s mission is to alleviate poverty through small loans, usually under $300, in developing countries. Those who receive the loans can start their own small business, usually based out of their homes. The loans require no contract or collateral and are given to the poorest of the poor. Trembly said the program is very successful with a 97 percent re-payment rate.

“This program is really ending poverty around the world and empowering people,” she said. “Some businesses created from the loans, we now sell their products in our store, like African baskets.”

The 5K race also includes free breakfast from Burrito Del Mar and an oatmeal bar sponsored by I Get it Chiropractic. People of all ages are encouraged to participate and dogs and strollers are welcome. Check in for the race starts at 7:30 a.m. at Road Runner Sports, 10436 Town Center Dr. #300 in Westminster. The race will begin between 8-8:15 a.m. People can also preregister by e-mailing rmwsmevents@wholefoods.com.

“This race is all about getting together, having a great time and enjoying the weather,” Trembly said. “It’s about getting people familiar with Whole Foods and Whole Planet Foundation.”