Women’s cooperatives who earn money by managing bike rental and repair programs can grow group savings which act as an insurance against poverty and as a source of small business loans for its members. This financial security gives women confidence and respect in the community.
Neema is a mechanic at Kazi na Sala's bike rental and repair shop. Kazi na Sala is a women's cooperative whose name means work and prayer. This group of about 70 women pool their money to start businesses and provide insurance against economic hardship for all members through group savings. globalbike first trained Neema in 2016 to support Kazi na Sala's bike rental and repair shop. In 2017, we sponsored her to travel to the World Bicycle Relief facilities in Kenya to receive additional training. She now works as a mechanic at the shop and as a peer trainer at our other programs.
Using marketing research to understand local economies, we help women's cooperatives develop bike businesses that can cover costs and earn profits, while ensuring that local people can afford bicycles to improve their lives and economic status. When we establish new programs, we make sure that a new bike business will complement rather than compete with services already offered by local area mechanics.
globalbike donates bicycles, funds for building construction, training in bike mechanics and business skills, and enough spare parts for programs to reach cost coverage. With these initial resources, we help women's cooperatives develop a sustainable business model that can thrive independent of continued charity.
Higher level donations help construct buildings that can house bike rental and repair shops or support other localized business ventures.
For $500, a woman can receive the tools and training needed to become a bike mechanic and generate regular income by working in one of the local shops.
$200 provides one bike to a woman in Tanzania.
At roughly $30 each, the carrier allows transport of goods or fresh water, and the stand keeps the heavy loads level on dismount without harming goods.
The rough African terrain means tires need lots of care and maintenance. $20 will provide a fresh set of tubes and tires.