Imagine if one of your young family members had to walk for two hours just to get to school. If you were doctor, how would you feel about having to walk to visit your patients in different towns? Imagine using a wheel-barrow to move your merchandise for work or walking for miles to collect fresh water.
For many Africans, this is the reality they face everyday, and this lack of mobility is stopping these people from achieving their dreams.
Why’s that, you ask? Take students like Ethel, for example, who walk for two hours just to get to school. Then two hours back. With a bike from WBR she spends less time walking, leading to an almost 30 percent increase in attendance rates. She has more time for study, and grades can soar by 60 percent! Health care providers see more patients in a day, and provide more emergency care. Entrepreneurs get more wares to market easily, cover more ground to make sales, and increase the economy.
WBR provides simple, sustainable bicycles called Buffalo Bikes that are designed specially for rural areas and locally assembled – meaning they provide much needed jobs for the local economy. The bikes are sold directly to individuals, non-government organizations, and corporations. They also offer work-to-own and learn-to-own programs to provide bikes to students, healthcare professionals, and entrepreneurs in need.
Prepare to be moved; watch the Mobilize Me video here to see some of the incredible outcomes and just how immediate is the impact of owning a bike. Inspired? Get involved by donating, or, if you’re into bicycling you can organize a fundraising event. Will you donate?
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