Re~Cycle bikes are changing the lives of Africa’s farmers.
“It definitely helps work at the farm,” Abdoulie says. “I carry my produce — my groundnuts — on it. When anyone is sick, I carry them to the hospital, and I use it for picking up firewood.”
Thanks to his Re~Cycle bike, what used to be a two-hour walk to and from his farm, often with 50 kg of nuts on his head, is now a 45-minute cycle.
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The need for bicycles in Africa
Transport and development go hand-in-hand. Virtually everything traded, must be transported, and almost everyone needs wheels to get to work or school. Simple, affordable transport generates income opportunities in developing countries, as well as saving lots of time and back-breaking work.
In Britain, millions of bikes are thrown away or lie unused in sheds, whilst many people in Africa have no access to transport of any kind. People spend hours each day walking to collect water, firewood or to access health care, school and employment. A bicycle lightens this burden and dramatically improves their wellbeing as well as work and education opportunities helping to bring social change. A bicycle cuts travel time to a fraction and can carry passengers and heavy loads. Bikes give families the extra time to earn, learn and enjoy life.
We’ve just published our Annual Report and we have brilliant news! As we wrap up our 18th year of service, and head towards our second decade in operation, Re~Cycle has gained forward momentum and entered a period of serious expansion. 2014 has seen records from all previous years in all departments broken - with significant growth in all areas.
Action Bikes need help packing their 8th bike shipment for Re~Cycle on Saturday 5th March. If you have a few hours spare why not come down to Twickenham RFC and lend a hand! So far they have collected 4,263 bikes – all of which are all making a huge difference in Africa.