Two Danes hope to bring bicycle culture to Africa to tackle poverty and improve lives.
Do you take the car, train or bicycle to work? We have so many options of getting from A to B that it’s hard to imagine that for many people walking is the only real option. And our own two legs can only take us so far. In Africa, this is the reality for millions of people and, as a result, their ability to access health care, education and employment is severely limited, trapping them in cycles of poverty and ill health.
But Danish bicycle company Baisikeli – Swahili for bicycle – is hoping to change that. This October they are setting up a workshop in Mozambique to sell and repair second-hand Danish bicycles, as well as manufacture bicycles for the global market. They are a business – unsupported by the government or charities – that has already sent thousands of bicycles to the continent to help foster social change by creating a sustainable bicycle culture in Africa. (more…)