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

For our financials, please visit Guidestar.

 

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

Accelerating Appalachia: A nonprofit business accelerator supporting earth-centered and regenerative businesses in Appalachia.

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.

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

Carol Hendrix: Online school for establishing and running small businesses.

CERO: A worker-owned cooperative based in the Boston area which facilitates food-waste composting.

Cheryl’s Southern Style: Soul food catering company, whose owner spends her free time assisting young women with addiction issues.  Read more.

Comon Yaj Noptic: A worker-owned coffee cooperative in Chiapas. Our support helps primarily women farmers recover from a coffee blight.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Knotty Tie: Employer of 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.

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.

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.

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.

ROAR : A company that produces 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.

Senda AthleticsFair trade soccer and futsal balls with an emphasis on community-building.

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.

tonle: A zero-waste clothing company, providing Fair Trade employment to women in Cambodia. Winner of our first annual Undreamed Of Award.

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.

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