Distributor Highlight: Wolfe Enterprises
By Michelle Postiff
Something that we love about our work at Business Connect is that we have the opportunity to partner with many great distributors around the world who are bringing clean water to those in need. One of those distributors is Mike Wolfe.
Mike moved to Honduras seven and a half years ago and continues to live there to this day. Initially, the goal of this move was to work on a water purification project in a small community.
In Honduras, about 16% of the population doesn’t have access to safe, reliable water. Even though the country is home to many beautiful rivers, access to these freshwater sources is limited. Economic disparity, violence, and other geographical features make getting clean water on a consistent basis difficult.
Although Mike set out to understand and alleviate some of these issues, he quickly realized that in order to tackle water scarcity in Honduras, he would need a more comprehensive, long-lasting plan.
Starting Out with Business Connect
As he began his initial project, Mike found that the water system the community used was quite complicated, costly, and required a trained person to maintain it. He thought that there must be something out there that was simple, inexpensive, portable, and easy to use.
In his search for more streamlined water solutions, he found Business Connect.
In partnership with us, Mike and his family created a business based in Siguatepeque, Honduras. He, his wife, and their three adult sons own and operate the business. They believe that pure water is something absolutely attainable for every human being on the planet. Whether it’s provided through donations or through retail sales, no one should be drinking contaminated water.
Their goal is to raise awareness that low cost filtration methods are available and available to everyone. With this goal in mind, they created a multi-faceted business. This business includes a water filter project for schools, partnerships with NGOs, a well-drilling company, and a newly established retail store.
As they realized the need for children to have clean water for healthy development, their company created a water filter project called Agua Limpia para las Escuelas. Through this project, they have installed filters in over 400 rural schools. As they provide clean water, they share about the importance of drinking clean water with the kids and provide the teachers with training and support about how to use the filters.
They also work with many NGOs in various communities around Honduras. A key part of what they offer when they sell the filters is on-the-ground training, in-country warranty, and 24/7/365 product support. In areas that take their commitment to drinking only purified water seriously, they have seen huge improvements in the collective health of the community.
This has been especially evident in the health of the children, who are learning the importance of clean water and ways to make sure they get it.
In addition to working with rural schools and partnering with NGOs, they drill many wells through their company called Pozos para Todos. This has helped expand their clean water business and reach even more people in need.
Inversiones Wolfe Honduras
Over the years, they have been able to distribute many water filters and have had a great impact, yet it seemed almost impossible to break into this developing country’s retail market. It has always been their dream to create their own store and this dream is finally becoming a reality. Recently they opened Inversiones Wolfe Honduras. They hope to bring increased brand recognition and awareness that there is a better solution than bottled water. Their goal is to have everything from water filters to well technology represented at their store.
We are looking forward to hearing how this retail store grows and continuing partnering with Mike Wolfe and his family. It is great to hear and share the stories of our distributors in the field. If you have a unique story that you would like to share or you would like to partner in this work, please reach out to us. We want to continue to reach more and more people with clean water everyday.