Since its inception in 2005, World Bicycle Relief
(www.worldbicyclerelief.org) has put over 170,000 bicycles into the hands of people living in developing countries, focused mainly on rural African communities lacking transportation infrastructure. The organization's Buffalo Bikes are high quality, rugged bikes that are specifically designed to withstand the challenging conditions of rural Africa. Photos by Brooke Slezak / World Bicycle Relief
The impact of the Buffalo Bike has been tremendous.
Entrepreneurs use the bike with great success to increase productivity and profits.
George is a chicken farmer in Zambia.
He used to shuttle his chickens to market in a wheelbarrow. The trip was so long, he could only make one trip each day. Now, with his Buffalo Bike, he can make several trips a day to the market.
With his increased sales, he has been able to expand his business and has built a second chicken coop. He uses his profits to help support two boys that he has adopted.
Ethel used to walk seven miles to school after spending several hours doing chores at home. Often, she was too tired to make it to school.
Now, with the Buffalo Bike, she arrives to school on time every day and is ready to study.
She plans on being a nurse.
Students living in rural areas use the bikes to get to school regularly and on time. With access to the Buffalo Bikes, student attendance and performance greatly improve.
Royce is a mother, paralegal, community activist and health care worker.
With the use of her Buffalo Bike she is able to care for many more people in her community.
Health care workers visit many more patients each day with the use of the Buffalo Bike and are able to provide better and more consistent care.
For more information, visit www.worldbicyclerelief.org