It’s funny how things come full circle in ones life. When I first began this journey of banana flour it started with a service trip and no knowledge of this product. I began this trip with a group of students to help in a small village of Kenya. We helped with water projects, medical, education, building and micro-loans. I was a part of the micro-loan team, we helped distribute small business loans to women entrepreneurs. Our team leader was a woman named Becky, she lead the entire group of students for the trip and introduced us to our host families and the group of women.
This group of women were the ones that introduced banana flour to me. I never heard of or had seen this product before in my life. The rest of the story is history, we ended up starting a company to sell banana flour in the US and become the global leaders in banana flour trade. Years later we became funded on Kickstarter to help us supplement our first shipment of flour. One of our generous backers was Becky who had moved back East and I had lost touch with since the return of our Kenya trip 5 years prior. Upon one of our Kickstarter updates a year after funding I got an email from Becky telling me that she was writing a book with a childhood friend of hers. Turns out her friend (Robin) lived in Utah, our home town and actually had some WEDO Banana Flour in her pantry. When Becky told Robin she wanted to use me as one of the stories in their book Robin was excited to make a connection between her favorite flour and me. Their book is called Take Back Monday which is a beautiful compilation of 20 entrepreneurs and their stories to success and happiness. How you can reclaim your work week by doing what you love?
The book launched 2 days ago and I am so honored and humbled to be a part of it. I can’t thank Becky and Robin enough for the opportunity to be mentioned in the wonderful project and book of theirs. Like I said before, it’s funny how a small service trip of mine to Kenya turned into me producing a flour out of bananas, importing it from all over the world and being mentioned in a book, all because of a friend named Becky. The things that strikes me the most is Becky and Robin are entrepreneurs as well. This is their new adventure, their start-up which features other individuals like them.
I wish them the best of success in this adventure and I can’t wait to see where they take this business, book and overall concept. Thank you, thank you for the wonderful opportunity to be a part of your project. All the best – David Wintzer – WEDO