Ola Filter is ending water poverty with affordable filters in the developing
Ola Filter Corporation (Ola Filter or the Company) is a triple bottom line
social business ending water poverty with affordable filters in the developing
The Company has designed a patent-pending, easy-to-use, affordable water filter
planned to be produced locally in developing countries and can scale to serve
the 2 billion people that need this life-saving technology.
For less than 1 penny a day, the Ola Filter provides an affordable, easy to
use, long life, simple to maintain, and certified water filter specifically
designed for developing countries.
This $19 technology allows end consumers to save as much as $580 on their
water purchases over the filter’s 5 year lifespan at less than half the cost
The design leverages existing technology, can quickly be tooled, produced
Three NGOs signed letters of intent to purchase 2,250 filters.
Ola Filter is patent pending, and won the Aurora Consulting RISE award for
provisional patent filing.
The Company plans to begin manufacturing in summer 2021 and enter the
Central American market in the fall of 2021, to expand our business in
accordance with our mission of clean water access for low-income consumers
in emerging markets.
The Management Team has 40 years combined in engineering and prototype
design, social enterprise, and deep expertise in developing countries.
Ola Filter is a 100% women-owned social enterprise.
At Ola Filter, we’re on a mission to do one simple thing: make a product that
people need, sold in stores where they shop, and at a price they can afford.
Ola Filter Corporation was created to design, manufacture, and distribute water
The Ola Filter is planned to be sold at a retail price of $19—less than half the
price of other filters currently on the market in developing countries. By
designing for extreme affordability, we can reach more people, more quickly.
Poor people no longer have to wait for donations or rely on inferior products.
They have a sustainable and accessible filter to meet their basic need for clean
We will begin sales in Guatemala first, where we have an existing presence, and
then expand to markets in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and other
jurisdictions through the developing world.
We plan to sell our filters in developing countries, through established
distribution partners in construction and homegoods stores that are frequented
by working poor consumers. We also plan to sell water filters to global
humanitarian organizations working in developing countries that are currently
purchasing hundreds of thousands of water filters annually at a price of $35 -
$150 per filter unit, allowing organizations with limited budgets to maximize
In the rural highlands of Guatemala, we were working on a solar power
installation for a community without access to basic infrastructure. We brought
a water filter with us—the type of water filter made for backpackers. A local
man approached us, asking where he could buy a water filter like ours.
“Maybe we have an extra one to give you.”
He said, “No, I have money. Where can I buy one?”
That’s not an acceptable answer. Not to him, and not for anyone else. We created
this company for the sole purpose of changing the answer to that question.
To everyone in the world, to everyone asking for an innovation to help their
family, Ola Filter will answer, “You can buy one. Right down the street.”