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"Sustainability" Wears Many Faces - Untours Combines Unique Vacation Alternatives with Low Interest Loans to Promote Economic Development

Feb 12, 2009

“Sustainable” is defined as, “Capable of being continued with minimal long-term effect on the environment.”Untours is a unique organization with a unique mission. Untours is a travel company, specializing in vacation rental packages to Europe. They provide travelers with lodging in a private apartment, cottage or farmhouse (even a castle); ground transportation; optional air transportation; transfer assistance; an optional group event; and professional support services before, during and after the trip. The owner, octogenarian Hal Taussig, believes that, “The purpose of any business is to serve human needs.” Thus, any Untour is an investment – not only in cultural understanding and experience, but also in making the world a better place via the Untours Foundation. Funded with profits from Untours and donations from individual Untourists, the foundation provides low-interest loans to innovative projects that address poverty by creating and supporting work, housing and Fair Trade. The interest rate on an Untours Foundation loan is one of the lowest in the world. The Untours Foundation has loaned over $5 million since 1999. The loans (not grants) are intended to be a “hand-up” not a “hand out,” and encourage economic sustainability for funded projects. Loans range in size from $6,000 to $250,000. Once loans are repaid, funds are reinvested in new projects. Explore your vacation possibilities with Untours at

Cindy Unger

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Cindy Unger

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