As the calendar has turned, and a new year has started, it is time for us to take a look back at what 2014 held, and what we are looking forward to in 2015.
Before we crunch some numbers, we just want to say a huge thanks to all of you. It gets said a lot, but it is true. None of this would be possible without grassroots support from you, our partners in this quest for clean water world wide. Whether you bought a bottle of our water, educated friends on the need for clean water, or took a unit to somewhere and gave the gift of clean water, we thank you!
So now the good stuff. In 2014 we took water units to Peru, Haiti, South Sudan, Cuba, The Phillippines, and India. Over 1 million people have been provided clean water in 2014 alone. We will be posting updates as we get them from our field partners.
We also launched our bottled water line this last Spring. In 9 months we have sold over 25,000 bottles of water and are now carried in over 40 vendor locations. With the money raised from each bottle sold, we intend to help provide clean water for 1.5 people in need. That is a lot of clean water.
As we start to plan out our 2015, it is looking like our biggest year yet. Just a hint at some things ahead for the new year:
- Field partnerships. We are working on partnerships with several organizations that will better help us reach those in need. These partnerships will give us a greater network of communities, as well as a more open line of communication for updates and make you more involved in the full circle process of providing clean water.
- Ambassador program. We have had many of you ask for ways to get more involved, and we think this is a great fit. You will be able to pick a region and need and then begin spreading the word of their needs. Through our field partners, we will work together to meet the needs of a specific community.
- New bottle design. We are going to give our bottled water a bit of a face lift this spring! The new design will help us better tell our story to potential customers, as well set us apart from competitors. We hope this new design will help get the attention of our first major chain and help expand the mission of Hays.
We’re excited to start 2015, and can’t wait to see where this journey takes us this year!