With the motto ‘Take a drink, give a drink,’ Ripple Water Bottles helps to supply clear consuming water with each bottle offered.
EAST CANTON, Ohio — Joe Knopp was a pupil at Walsh University when he first thought concerning the world’s water disaster. Little did he know, his curiosity would change 1000’s of lives.
“I used to be in my second yr of college once I determined to make this this leap of religion. I simply felt like I needed to go all in,” he recalled. “I at all times heard my mother say, ‘Drink your water earlier than getting up from the dinner desk, as a result of there’s children that do not have that luxurious on the opposite facet of the world.
“So I regarded over at my roommate … and I stated,’ Chip, do you suppose we may resolve this drawback?’ And he goes, ‘No, Joe, you are loopy. Any individual else may have already completed this by now.’ And I researched and I discovered that we may drill one properly for about $8,000.”
From there, Joe and Chip Gottschalk made a plan. They realized that promoting water bottles would give them sufficient to construct a properly and so they by no means regarded again. Thus, Ripple Water Bottles was born, however there have been just a few early hurdles.
“I did not know the place I used to be going to place the bottles,” Knopp admitted. “We did not even have the funds for for a warehouse. So, as a result of these bottles had been stacked to the roof in our dorm room, we obtained began promoting them, and 6 months later we drilled the first-ever fashionable solar-powered properly for [a] distant village in Uganda.
“I headed off to a rustic the place I might by no means met anyone in particular person. Seeing these children’ smiling faces and understanding that they had been going to have clear water as a result of some child within the dorm room determined to make a distinction, it simply blows my thoughts. Beforehand, that they had gotten their water about two miles into the jungle, and so they do not have to try this anymore.”
That was two years in the past, however at the moment, Ripple has expanded into even larger heights, rising their workforce regionally and partnering with multi-billion greenback corporations.
“I even despatched a chilly e mail to the CEO of Coca-Cola, and he answered us again and I used to be like, ‘Oh my gosh, is that this actually taking place?'” Joe stated. “We have been in a position to give greater than 50,000 folks entry to wash water. To date, we have been in a position to run water into elementary faculties, hospitals, orphanages.
“Once I began Ripple, my objective was simply to construct one properly by the top of the yr. However the world answered, and now we’re at 20.”
As we speak, Ripple continues to develop. Joe has plans for this worldwide firm to have a neighborhood imprint, as properly.
“Our objective is inside the subsequent 5 years to really open our personal manufacturing operations right here within the U.S., particularly in Massillon, Ohio. It will create jobs and improve profitability in order that approach we are able to donate much more again in the direction of funding extra wealth tasks.”