A German organization called the Bamboo Bicycle Club (BBC) recently spent time in Kenya teaching students in Malaa (near Nairobi) how to repair and maintain bicycles and build a bamboo bike. The use of bicycles has been gaining popularity as a means of transport for Kenyans, for whom buying a car or motorbike is cost-prohibitive.Tweet Print
World Bicycle Relief is a global organization working to mobilize people in the developing world through the power of bicycles. The goal is to create a world where distance is no longer a barrier to education, healthcare or economic opportunity. So far, the organization has provided over 340,000 Buffalo Bicycles to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs across Africa, Southeast Asia and South America, empowering individuals and entire communities.
To sustain the impact of these life-changing bikes, World Bicycle Relief recruits one field mechanic per every 100 bicycles distributed. Mechanics learn assembly, maintenance and repair as well as basic business, marketing and management skills. Each mechanic also receives a full toolset, including new wrenches, a bicycle pump and branded World Bicycle Relief overalls. One toolset can be donated for just $50.
“From a sustainability perspective, World Bicycle Relief believes that dropping thousands and thousands of bicycles [into a country] without a plan for maintenance is a recipe for disaster.” – Brian Moonga, Country Director, Zambia
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