We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Ardila and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m originally from Colombia, Born and raise . I Come from a huge family, I’m the younger of 54 cousins but most importantly I grew up in a family with entrepreneurial values. My parents where entrepreneurs and the women role models were my mom and aunts, strong women who created their own successful companies and raised children at the same time, which is not too common in a Colombian society where there is a lot of sexism, so I grew up in an environment in where a woman was totally capable to create and maintain successful companies. Also Since I was a kid my dad encouraged me to create, explore and jump to new experiences, always pushing me to experience new things and not to be afraid, so My family and growing environment in Colombia had a hug impact in who I am today, when you grow up in Colombia in the 80’s you understand adversity, you learn about up and downs , but most importantly you appreciate how lucky you are to grow in a family that encourage and supports you, a family with such powerful women that you grow with that image in your head, so today for me being a woman entrepreneur is something totally normal.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Aguavida strives to reinvent the bulk water business, our trendy brand and technological innovations allow us to offer not only premium & alkaline water to our customers but also an experience that enables us to capture new markets.
Currently, we have two lines of business. In Los Angeles we have home and office delivery service of premium and alkaline water and our main plant is located in the Valley, and we serve almost all LA area, Malibu and some Ventura County Neighborhoods. We offer 3 and 5 gallon bottles in BPA free and 3 Gallon in glass, Our concept is local production and distribution to diminish our environmental footprint. And we don’t bottled less than 3 gallon, so all our bottles are reusable and our caps are used to make plastic bricks, We are a certified green business and a pro Ocean company.
Our second line of business is the manufacturing of alkaline and premium water vending machines. We currently have machines operating throughout California and the US, as well as in locations without access to clean water like Venezuela or communities that want to diminish the plastic consumption, Like a local neighborhood in The Bahamas. I truly believe that you can create a business that serves your community and the environment at the same time, and that’s our main goal. To provide clean pure water to the community but in the most environmental way.
In 2012, I migrated From Colombia to the United States to start Aguavida Premium Water. Migrate and at the same time create a company was pretty demanding. Moving to a new city, not knowing a lot of people and starting a manufacturing business was pretty challenging, but in the last eight years our brand has gone from concept to be an established company.
In 2019 I have the most difficult year with the company, but when you learn from your mistakes and you don’t stay in the dark zone of why , you can overcome any obstacle, it requires determination and be humble, accept your errors and keep learning.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
LA has tons of places, but I love the beach, so a nice trip to the beach in Malibu, a stop to eat Lobster roll at Broad Street Oyster Company. If its summer a nice concert at the Hollywood Bowl or a movie in Cinespia, a yummy brunch in republique and a LACMA visit. LA is endless and hope we can enjoy soon the amazing things that the city offers.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have a long list of people, books, movies that could take a lot of pages, But my husband has been an inspiration of hard work and determination, my family in Colombia is my tree roots and an special book that changed how I manage my life and business is Principles, by Ray Dalio.