African Partners Bike Projects

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Re~Cycle's trusted partners in Africa demonstrate a community-centric approach, and an exceptional understanding of bike project implementation.

They deliver the projects on the ground, refurbishing, maintaining and distributing bikes.

Partners vary in approach, offering credit, government subsidies, running workshops to teach cycle repair, bike maintenance skills, and offer courses in safe riding.

These are the partners that Re~Cycle provides with bicycles, parts, tools and training.

African Partners

Glad's House is a charity that aims to help street children return to a ‘normal’ way of life. The charity aims to get as many of the children and young people back into full time education or onto apprenticeship schemes. The bicycle project - Glad's House Bikes, has been established to repair and distribute reasonably priced, good quality bicycles to the local community.

Child Anti Trafficking Protection Team members in Malawi

Re~Cycle is working with the Salvation Army’s International Development team to support their anti child trafficking work in Mchinji, near the border with Zambia. Re~Cycle's bikes are invaluable in helping the anti child trafficking protection volunteers.

Myriam from Ability Bikes Ghana

A great project in Ghana, set up by Bikes Not Bombs (BNB - one of our fantastic sister organisations in America), which is now a registered cooperative. David Branigan, field worker from BNB was there for some time, helping them set up the project, training mechanics and shop running skills.

Kaloko Trust in Zambia - Shiyenge who rides to school

In its early days, Re~Cycle donated a small number of bicycles to top up two containers that were going out to the Kaloko Trust with other things.  In May 2009 we sent the first full container load of bikes to the new bike project supported by The Kaloko Trust (including bike number 30,000!), parts and tools. They've set up two workshops and the mechanics were trained up by a volunteer who stayed out there for 3 months.

VBP Baby and mum training bike repair, Ghana

Their main objective is bike mechanic training and getting bicycle tools into the country, where they provide training to the end users, with a focus on women. To start with, they were selling tools below cost price to stimulate the market, but have had such success that they're now selling wholesale. The local mechanics that help deliver the training get discounted tools.

Women mechanics trained in South Africa

The Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) was launched in Cape Town on 7 February 2002. BEN promotes the use of bicycles in order to address low-cost mobility, health and access to opportunity, employment, skills and education. In collaboration with both national and international development/ donor agencies, the project facilitates the transportation of bicycles from Europe, Great Britain and the United States to South Africa, the establishment of bicycle workshop projects and the introduction of bicycle user paths/ networks.

Nimibian women on a bicycle

BEN Namibia have a major focus on providing bikes to AIDS/HIV outreach workers. They have established 31 outreach Bicycle Empowerment Centre projects (BEC) utilising used shipping containers shipped full of bikes that have been delivered to outlying areas.