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How business in Haiti is tackling poverty

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 in Models | 0 comments

This nifty radio piece investigates how a new business model is trying to help people in Haiti. While they don’t exactly quote Hal’s phrase “A hand up, not a handout,” there is a similar mindset — that business might have some answers to problems that charity alone can’t solve. (Just for full disclosure, we have no...

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Green businesses hatching everywhere!

Green businesses hatching everywhere!

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 in Blog, Models | 0 comments

T​here’s a new crop of business incubators and ​​​shared work spaces ​around the US ​that are housing some of our current and potential loan recipients,​ among others​. Myself and Jon Blum, our fantastic pro bono consultant, just visited on​e​ such space, The Pipeline,​ in Philadelphia. The view from one of its meeting rooms is Philadelphia City Hall...

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Help us turn the world upside-down!

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 in Blog, Models | 2 comments

December 2014 Dear Untours family, As a youngster, my grandfather “Pop” taught himself to read out of boredom during long church services, sitting on the floor at his father’s knee. While the minister read the scripture aloud, he would follow his father’s finger on the words in the Bible. In time, Pop could read what he was seeing. Unfortunately, he...

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EcoZoom in Smithsonian Design Contest!

EcoZoom in Smithsonian Design Contest!

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 in Blog, Investees, Models | 0 comments

Untours Foundation loan recipient EcoZoom has been nominated as one of 2014’s design pioneers by Smithsonian Design Museum. Their Jet cookstove makes it possible to burn much less charcoal and produce much less carbon emissions, which improves the health of folks on the ground and improves the health of our planet. EcoZoom estimates that CO2...

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