Steaz Pledges $15,000 to Non-profit Whole Planet Foundation to Help Fight World Poverty

DOYLESTOWN, PA, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, The Healthy Beverage Company (makers of Steaz) announced it is donating $15,000 to the non-profit, Whole Planet Foundation, which provides disadvantaged entrepreneurs in developing countries the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty through microcredit.

"We are thrilled to partner with Whole Planet Foundation to provide poverty stricken people with the means to start their own business and turn their lives around," said Steven Kessler, Co-Founder of The Healthy Beverage Company.

In 2005, natural and organic retailer, Whole Foods Market, established Whole Planet Foundation as an expansion of its mission to be an active participant in the global community. The nonprofit provides grants to microfinance institutions in poor communities where the grocer sources products.

To date, the Foundation has authorized more than $22.5 million and funded more than $13 million in microfinance programs in 42 countries, positively impacting more than 965,000 people worldwide.

For more about this initiative please visit http://www.steaz.com/community/ To donate to Whole Planet Foundation, learn more about the nonprofit, or for stories from microcredit loan recipients, visit: www.wholeplanetfoundation.org or read the Whole Story blog at: http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com.

SOURCE The Healthy Beverage Company

For further information:

Contact: Danielle Lum
604-685-8686
danielle@steaz.com

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