All of the Untours Foundation’s active investments, in the form of loans or equity.

Equity

Equal Exchange
Fair Trade retailer/wholesaler of coffee, tea, cocoa, nuts, and more. Established as a co-op to mirror what is required of Fair Trade farmers.  Read more.

Icestone LLC
Designers and producers of gorgeous, high-end LEED certified counter tops and flooring made with 75% recycled glass. IceStone is a B Corp with cradle-to-cradle certification for its start-to-finish green practices. For insight into what makes IceStone special, read an article about its tenacious resilience in The Business Insider, and our blog post about IceStone.

Oke USA/Equal Exchange Bananas
Importers of Fair Trade Certified and certified organic bananas from small co-ops in Ecuador and Peru.

One Degree Solar
Producers of a superb solar light and recharger of cell phones and small appliances. Affordable to many in the developing world, the company’s “BrightBox” is long lasting and designed to have easily attainable replacement parts unlike most of its competitors’ products. Read more.

Plasticoncentrates
Chester, PA, minority owned plastic dying factory.

ROAR                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             A company that manufactures and sells safety jewelry that can send alerts in emergencies or potentially threatening situations. For each device sold, a portion of proceeds is invested in educational programs that have been shown to increase empathy and reduce violence.   Read more.

Loans

2nd Act Access                                                                                                                                                                                  Non-profit that builds accessible housing as inspired by the needs of Untours Foundation co-founder, Norma Taussig, following a stroke.

ABC Stewardship                                                                                                                                                                            Coffee canning business with job training in Chester, PA.

AnaOno                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A lingerie company specializing in high-quality bras and undergarments for breast cancer survivors.  Read more.

Aunts and Uncles                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A Philadelphia-based, replicable project designed to lend funds, encouragement, and expertise to Fair Trade and local entrepreneurs who don’t have support from friends and family, as many new businesspeople from more privileged backgrounds do.  Read more.

Bionatur                                                                                                                                                                                      Heirloom seed business in Brazil designed to provide cash income to settlers on lands reclaimed by the Landless Workers Movement.

Body Conscious                                                                                                                                                                            Chester, PA, based body-works business.

C&C Imports, LLC                                                                                                                                                                              Fair Trade Certified wine company.

Carol Hendrix                                                                                                                                                                                 Online school for establishing and running small businesses.

Cheryl’s Southern Style Restaurant
Chester, PA, minority-owned restaurant, whose owner spends her free time assisting young women with addiction issues.  Read more.

Damon’s Flooring
Minority-owned flooring company servicing Southern NJ and the Philadelphia area. Uses environmentally friendly carpet cleaning products.

Earth and State
Media, PA, Fair Trade retailer active in international Fair Trade Town campaign.

Ecozoom
A certified B Corporation that makes clean burning cookstoves accessible and affordable in developing nations.

Fonkoze
Microlending bank in Haiti that has survived countless hurricanes, floods, and coups. Provides free classes and technical assistance.  Read more.

The Green Program                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             An experiential travel education company that curates and sells short-term environmental education and sustainability courses for college students in Peru, Iceland and Philadelphia.  Read more.

Intertribal Council on Utility Policy
Intertribal COUP is a leading edge energy group bringing wind power and straw bale housing construction to Indian reservations in the Dakotas. Read more.

Iron Man
Mom-and-pop iron works business in Chester PA.  Read more.

Just Desserts
Defunct, minority-owned water ice business that is still paying back its loan.

Kestrel Growth Brands
Fair Trade vanilla and spice company.  Read more.

Kitchen Harvest                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A small business that offers residential and commercial composting services in the western Philadelphia, PA suburbs.  Read more.

Knotty Tie                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Employs resettled refugees to manufacture custom-designed neckties and scarves.  Read more.

The Lancaster Food Company                                                                                                                                                                                                                Organic bakery and maple syrup manufacturer that supports local organic farmers and creates jobs for hard-to-employ residents of Lancaster, an economically depressed small city in Pennsylvania.  Read more.

Landless Workers School
Adult school focusing on sustainability issues for settlers in the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement.

New Day Chester                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A visionary redevelopment business that is breathing new life into downtown Chester, PA by rehabilitating decrepit buildings and renting spaces to artists and socially-minded entrepreneurs.  Read more.

Nia Productions
Minority-owned lawn care and snow removal company in Media PA.

Pachamama Coffee Cooperative
Fair Trade coffee company owned exclusively by Fair Trade Certified coffee cooperatives.

Philly Compost
A woman-owned business that turns Philadelphia’s restaurant food waste into beautiful compost. Modeling a new service that can be replicated in other cities.  Read more.

Plasticoncentrates
Minority-owned plastic dyeing factory in Chester PA.

RB’s Recycling
Minority-owned metal recycler in Media PA.

Simone’s Art Gallery
Defunct art gallery formerly in Chester PA.

SosteNica
Microlender in Nicaragua incorporating novel and forward thinking sustainability practices. In addition to this loan, the Untours Foundation also offers a Charitable Remainder Trust investment in SosteNica.  Read more.

The Enterprise Center
Non-profit offering access to capital, business education, and economic development opportunities to high-potential minority entrepreneurs.

Tosheka Designs
Kenya- and US-based company training Kenyan women to make beautiful textiles out of natural fabrics and recycled plastic bags. They are creating a plastic bag recycling program in Kenya.  Read more.

Wash Cycle Laundry
Model workforce development business. Wash Cycle picks up and delivers laundry on bikes, and uses locally produced green detergents and super-efficient washing machines and dryers. Read more.

Witness to Innocence                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The only national organization composed of and led by exonerated death row survivors and their family members. The mission of WTI is to abolish the death penalty by empowering exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones to become effective leaders in the abolition movement.  Read more.

Youth Investment Empowerment Services (YESPhilly)                                                                                                                                                                                   A non-profit organization that uses art as an avenue to success for Philadelphia students who have dropped out of high school.             Read more.

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