Dreaming & Bolivian

October 23, 2020

Bolivia is a beautiful and diverse country in South America.

It’s known for its awesome Andes mountains and for having lots of llamas (¿Como te llama?).

Over the years, we’ve been able to help six awesome businesses in Bolivia.

From Señora Natalia and "Las 11 Estrellas" (The Eleven Stars), who own a company selling blankets in El Alto. They used their microloan to buy wool so that they could make more blankets and grow their business.

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Simply Un-Bali-vable

October 16, 2020

“We made a guided bike tour through Indonesia from Bali to Komodo – beginning in Bali eastbound to the vast unknown islands Sumbawa, Moyo, Satonda, Komodo, Rinca and Flores.

A beautiful old sailing boat brought us to the coast of different islands and our bike tour took us through remote little villages with very friendly and curious people."

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The Intangible

The Intangible

October 09, 2020

Traveler Priscilla visited Uganda and found something Uganda love.

“The fabric was found in Gulu, Uganda where over 30 years of civil war ensued at the hands of Joseph Kony and the LRA rebels. 

The town is incredibly vibrant despite the devastating effects of war that can still be seen. 

There are many amazing groups in the area doing incredible work to bring about hope and healing to these people in the aftermath of the war, but wars like these are entirely preventable." - Traveler Priscilla Cheng

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Tanz’ of Beauty

Tanz’ of Beauty

October 02, 2020

Traveler Hartlee spent her summer break exploring Tanzania, a beautiful country where 38% of the land is set aside for conservation (mostly national parks and wildlife preserves).

When we asked her what her favorite three things are about a new place, she responded:
“I love eating (and learning how to cook) the food, exploring nature, and connecting with people over both vastly different and remarkably similar experiences.” - Traveler Hartlee Johnston

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A Stand for the Land

A Stand for the Land

September 25, 2020

The beauty of Nepal will take your breath away. 

However, lack of proper waste management in Nepal is beginning to degrade some of that beauty. In many places, around 70% of waste is dumped in rivers or burned on the side of the road. This has contributed to pollution and disease in Nepal’s communities.

It is Taylor’s mission to change that.

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Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

September 18, 2020

The Middle East is known for its ancient history, vast deserts, and religious roots.

From being caught in the pyramid-dle of history in Cairo, to taking in the Israeli great views of Jerusalem, to resting on the Abu’ndant sands of Abu Dhabi.

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Uganda Love This

September 11, 2020

It’s been 8 years since the idea for Taaluma Totes was born while on a life-changing trip to Uganda.

Since then, we’ve been able to fund 41 microloans for small business owners living in Uganda.

From Moses, a 24-year-old coffee farmer who used his loan to buy mulch. 

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Never too Dutch of a good thing

Never too Dutch of a good thing

September 04, 2020

Taaluma travelers have had a very gouda time in Holland over the years. 

From getting caught in a Holland-daze over the beauty of the land (and to becoming a big fan of the windmills), to discovering the magical world of Nether-Netherland, to having a wheely good time petal-ing around the city.

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Don’t stop Belize-in

Don’t stop Belize-in

August 28, 2020

“I loved Belize's blend of Caribbean, indigenous, and Latin cultures and the foods fresh from the sea.”
- Traveler Allison Eriksen

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The Symphony of Colors

The Symphony of Colors

August 21, 2020

We asked traveler Christa, “Without thinking, what is the first interaction that you can remember when stepping foot into Morocco?” 

Her response: “The symphony of colors.” 

“We have heard so much about Morocco, so we were curious to see the landscape and meet the people. First, we made a guided mountain bike trip through the southern part of the Atlas with snow-covered peaks, the impressive Saghro Mountains, and the beautiful Oases.... and it was fantastic."

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Land of a Thousand Hills

Land of a Thousand Hills

August 14, 2020

I went to Rwanda as part of a study abroad program through Virginia Tech. We worked with various NGOs across the country, teaching English and math skills. I personally worked with OPDE. OPDE workes to protect and develop children in Rwanda."

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Happily Everest After

Happily Everest After

August 07, 2020

HimalYAYas, a new Nepal tote has arrived!

In 2018, Traveler Taylor moved to Chitwan, Nepal.

While living in Nepal, Taylor has gathered some awesome fabrics for us to turn into totes. Believe it or not, this is Taylor’s ninth Nepal tote...and it may just be the best one yet! Click the image or button below to see a special message from Taylor. #thinkglobalactlocal 

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