What is Amahle?
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Amahle means “the beautiful ones”. It was inspired by our many personal experiences with these people, and our desire to help.
Our mission is to inspire humankind to invest in people who are short on financial resources, but rich in culture, spirit and a commitment to empowering themselves, their children and their communities.
WHAT WE DO
We believe that the recipients of generosity are not the only ones who benefit from it: those giving also get an emotional return on their investment. Philanthropy is mutually fulfilling, rewarding and potentially life-changing – exponentially more so when people who want to invest are brought closer to those in need of investment. This is what Amahle aims to do.
We see ourselves as matchmakers, bringing philanthropy together with tourism, and introducing investors to worthy causes.
We do it in three ways: through Amahle Travel, Amahle Exchange and Amahle Investments.
Our work focuses on four categories: education, healthcare and clean water, wildlife conservation, and women.
Among our clients are NGOs whose donors want to visit developing countries to see the impact of their investments firsthand; corporate foundations who hope to engage more meaningfully with the causes they support; and individuals who are looking for philanthropic or investment opportunities that align with their passions and values.
Whether you’re able to contribute time, money or skill, we believe you should never leave a community in need without leaving something meaningful behind.
MEET OUR TEAM
We think of ourselves as philanthropologists, studying and fostering the positive impact of social investing on human development in different people and communities, both third and first world.
…believes that very hard work reaps very big rewards. She got her first job at eight years old – washing hair at a local salon – so she could save money for pony rides.
…spent more than 20 years in the advertising industry working on large global brands like Kraft, Marriott, P&G, Starwood Hotels and Unilever, then served as Chief Marketing Officer for a non-profit focused on micro-lending to women in developing countries.
…has an insatiable curiosity for the unknown. Her personal ethos is that change is good, travel nourishes the soul, and the reward (almost) always justifies the risk. She has lived in 12 cities and traveled to more than 40 countries, and is fittingly known by her friends and family as “the notorious nomad”.
…is obsessed with, and happiest when, shooting wildlife. It’s a huge part of her life, and the thought of being in the bush, in beautiful light, with a camera in her hands, is the only thing that has half a chance of getting her out of bed at 5am.
"I’ve worked with Amahle for years now and have witnessed first-hand their commitment to providing superior stewardship of their clients’ philanthropic missions, while delivering an inspiring and unforgettable travel experience. They’re the first and foremost team I’d recommend to my donors.”- Vicki Escarra – former CEO, Opportunity International