"The Bachelorette" winner Jef Holm isn't your typical skinny-jeans-wearing-overly-idealistic hipster -- he's actually making things happen to create real change.
Holm got down on one knee and proposed during Sunday night's season eight finale, and bachelorette Emily Maynard accepted. In "After The Final Rose," the show recap, the two announced that they'd begin their new life by traveling to Africa on a humanitarian trip.
"I'm going to take Emily to Africa with my company, People Water, and build wells," Holm said. The Utah native, who consistently identified himself as a kid at heart, even joked that they may just tie the knot there.
The 27-year-old who won over Maynard is the co-founder of People Water, a sustainable water bottle creator.
You could call the social good company the "TOMS" of water -- Holm and his team provide an equal amount of clean water to developing countries for every bottle purchased. The company has sponsored a well in Nicaragua and has two more planned for Ghana.
Holm says he'll relocate to Maynard's hometown, Charlotte, N.C., where the self-proclaimed "non-trophy wife" works as an event coordinator at a children's hospital. Holm says he wants to ensure Maynard's 6-year-old daughter, Ricki, won't have to be uprooted from her school and family.
Once they're married, the couple will figure out where they want to live, they explained to host Chris Harrison in "After the Final Rose."
“She’s the most amazing girl in world, so perfect for me, so funny," Holm said. "I wish they showed more of that. Shes so witty and caring and smart and the best mom. She’s so gorgeous. We just fit perfectly together.”
Maynard was courted by 25 men throughout the season, which took them to colorful locations including Curacao, Croatia and London. She eventually reduced her 25 suitors to race car driver Arie Luyendyk and Holm.
Holm wasn't the only do-gooder contestant on the show. Frontrunner Doug Clerget co-founded Dollar Per Month Charitable Network, which allows members to vote on donation allocation for charities online.
“I grew up in a family where philanthropy was a big deal," Clerget said in an interview with Wet Paint. "As I got older, it just does not feel like our generation gives very much. I was thinking to myself, that everyone has a few extra dollars a month, if they just had a place where they could trust that that money could go to a good cause and it was easy, then they would do it.”
On choosing Holm, Maynard told the camera last night as she awaited his arrival: "I never in a million years thought I'd be so in love as I am."
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