While most of Texas saw a problem with the ongoing drought, Scott saw an opportunity.
Crops and livestock suffer without water, so Scott started the business, Texas Native Rainwater, to help conserve water. Scott designs rainwater harvesting and irrigation systems that store and conserve water, and ultimately save money.
Texas Native Rainwater also installs rain gardens, a form of “passive” rainwater collection that is essentially a planted, shallow depression that collects run-off from roof surfaces, parking lots, and other surfaces. Its purpose is to retain and treat stormwater and slowly allow it back into the groundwater and ultimately, the aquifer. They also provide consultation and services on tree planting and water reclamation.
Scott started his business in the winter of 2012 and is already making a huge impact on his customers in Austin. With a small loan from Accion Texas, Scott and his team were able to buy tools and revamp their marketing strategy to get the word out about catching rainwater. This kept the team employed, the family cared for, and the waters preserved.
LiftFund. (www.liftfund.com) is an award-winning nonprofit organization (previously known as Accion Texas) with a mission to provide credit and loans to small and start-up businesses that have limited or no access to credit from commercial sources. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund has helped Texas and Louisiana entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment, and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. Learn more at www.liftfund.com.