As two former bomb diffusion technicians, Cole and Erik are no strangers to challenges. Upon exiting the military in 2010, they felt a deep responsibility to contribute to social change and provide a way of saying “Thank you” to veterans. Thus the idea of repurposing real bullets into bottle openers was created, with a goal to raise funds for veteran-focused groups.
The mission of Bullets2Bandages is to provide simple ways for every American to show their support and gratitude for veterans. They donate 15% of all their profits to veteran-focused groups, including the The Travis Manion Foundation. Cole and Erik believe strongly in the power of social responsibility and social innovation. Together they strive to create a company that is responsible in its business practices and always has a cause. Within their company they try to hire veterans, helping them transition into the civilian workforce.
Two years after starting out, their business has grown into a dedicated warehouse and employs seven full-time employees. However, what is most remarkable about their business is the strong community they’ve built on social media. Their Facebook page has over 130,000 followers who are all passionate about supporting veterans!
Cole and Erik’s $10,000 Kiva loan will be used to streamline their business processes and fund new product development. With your help, Cole and Evan can continue to give back to veterans and their families in need of support.
A message from Cole and Erik: “Thank you to everyone in the Kiva community. The support that each of you gives inspires entrepreneurs to succeed across the world and changes people’s lives. In the future, we plan to come back to Kiva and invest in other business ventures and to continue to be a part of the Kiva community.”