Meet Prosper Dzandu, one of the Village Bicycle Project's master mechanics. Prosper joined the Village Bicycle Project in August 2013 after working on a project with Jason (VBP Country Director) in 2010. Originally a Kente weaver, he retrained as a bicycle mechanic, putting his meticulous skills to use to repair and maintain bicycles.
Now Prosper runs his own bike workshop 'No Rush in Life Bicycle Workshop' (pictured above). Previously he’d been working out of a wooden shack, which wasn’t secure, meaning he’d have to sleep there every night with his wife. He’s now upgraded to a metal construction so he can secure his shop and not worry about it being broken into.
As well as supporting his wife and five children, Prosper is training up apprentices in all things bike related. His latest apprentice is pictured above in blue.
When he’s not running his workshop, Prosper works with the Village Bicycle project to train others in bicycle maintenance (you can read about such projects here). He’s proven to be an invaluable member of the VBP team – clearly communicating and imparting his expert knowledge to all those he works with.
Re~Cycle works in partnership with many self-sustainable bike shops – Prosper’s shop is now one of them. We send him bikes and spare parts so he can sustain his business – this is what we call the ‘revolving fund’. He sells on the bikes at a fraction of the market value, providing affordable transport to the local community as well as ensuring that the bikes we provide carry on working for years to come.
We wish Prosper all the luck with his workshop and look forward to seeing him again!