Stories in Startup #183: Tipping Point 

We were at The Med, in downtown Boulder, and our waiter had just set down my lemonade. I couldn’t help but fidget in my chair, impossible to get comfortable, trying to calm my nerves.

A week earlier we had spoken on the phone, the line connecting us Colorado to Alaska. I now sat across the table from them in Boulder, the iPad silently rotating images of our work from the field, my page of notes half-tucked under a napkin in front of me.

Waiters were taking orders, dishes were relentlessly being stacked, and the cacophony of conversations from the other tables was constantly threatening to drown out our conversation.  Could they hear what I was saying? I felt like I was yelling at them. Don’t yell, just speak loudly, I told myself.

“…THIS COULD BE THE TIPPING POINT FOR US AS AN ORGANIZATION; WITH YOUR HELP, WE’LL BE ABLE TO BEGIN EXPANDING OUR WORK, REACHING TOWARD 100% COVERAGE IN THE JALAPA VALLEY SO THAT EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD THERE HAS ACCESS TO CLEAN, SAFE DRINKING WATER!”

Two weeks earlier, I sent off an email asking if their foundation would be interested in providing a sizable grant to Second Mile Water. 2MW had just over $4,000 in the bank at the time. With big vision but a small bank account, I was struggling to put together a strategic plan for the year, given that I wasn’t sure where the money for enacting that plan would come from.

In the email I asked them for $75,000.

I’m not exactly used to going around asking people for money, and especially not for such obscene sums of money. However, I believe in what we’re doing. I believe in it with everything I’ve got. And when you really believe in something, you’ll do anything in your power to make it happen. At this point, I’d ask the Pope for a blessing on each of our water projects if I was in front of him, and if you run into me on the street (or, perhaps, in a storage facility – hi, Chris!), I might also ask you to be a part of what we’re doing in some way. So, where does that leave this story? Well, I’m going to ask you to be a part of what we’re doing, of course.

HERE’S WHERE YOU COME IN:
The Benito and Frances C. Gaguine Foundation agreed to fund Second Mile Water in the amount of $75,000.
In order to get the grant, however, we have to band together to raise enough money to match that amount first. With your support, we’re going from a $4,000 organization to a $150,000 organization in the coming months, expanding our work and so we’re able to serve thousands of people in the future. Can you be a part of this?

JOIN US

 

About Travis Ramos

Devoted husband & father, the co-founder of Second Mile Water, and tireless adventurer seeking to live a better story in life.

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