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Kitchen Harvest — A Bit of a Love Story

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 in Blog, Investees, Models | 0 comments

By Frances Schwabenland, our photojournalist. If you are lucky enough to spend time with Chris, you will be in the midst of poetry in motion! An artist of nature! It was just after sunrise when I was introduced to the Kitchen Harvest garden. I am not a morning person but the thought of missing that golden light awakening those tender baby strawberries and...

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Wash Cycle Laundry — Up Close and Personal

Posted on Mar 29, 2016 in Blog, Investees, Models | 0 comments

By Frances Schwabenland, our photojournalist. “I have to be here.” Mildred was fighting a cold but she didn’t let that stop her. Her sense of responsibility and dedication has made her the first Employee of the Month for Wash Cycle Laundry. That morning, 39 bags filled with clothes, linens, sheets and towels had to be weighed, checked in...

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The Seriously Superior Shopping Guide

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 in Fair Trade, Investees, Models | 0 comments

There are so many shopping guides out there for the holidays. Why is ours superior, seriously? Because these companies don’t just create wonderful products, they create good jobs, they care for the environment and create the positive changes we need in the world. And, finally, they are all “Investees” — the Untours Foundation has...

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The first-ever Untours Ungala

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 in Blog, Investees, Special Event | 0 comments

On October 3rd, Untours — the foundation and business together — hosted the first-ever Ungala, in celebration of 40 years of Untours and 23 years of the foundation. We brought together staff, board members, Untourists and donors, investees and community partners into a board member’s home for a cozy evening of socializing. We’ve...

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An “Ace” Company

An “Ace” Company

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 in Investees, Models | 0 comments

The photograph above is a section of the foundation’s bookshelf, a historic tour in itself. For ten years, our foundation had a British connection through our loan to Belu, a water bottling company that modeled itself after Untours by giving its profits away. Hal couldn’t resist such a flattering business pitch: “We want to be just like you!” Read a...

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Ecozoom update

Ecozoom update

Posted on May 24, 2015 in Investees | 0 comments

We had a great conference call with Ecozoom not long ago. Ecozoom produces beautifully designed low-emission and low-fuel cookstoves. They are available for sale as camp cookstoves in the US, but are distributed throughout the world to replace traditional stoves which require a great deal of fuel and also produce dangerous amounts of pollution, especially...

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