Laura Bain wrote -
A bike changes the life of an African woman. She changes her family, her village, her country. Give a bike, change the world.
Globalbike is a non-profit organization started in South Carolina in 2006, now making a difference around the world. Through a partnership with World Bicycle Relief, Globalbike provides locally-sourced bicycles to community careworkers and women's organizations in Tanzania.
Fact 1- The power of reliable, low-cost transportation: Compared to walking, bicycles allow people carry more over longer distances in less time. Student attendance increases by up to 28%. Healthcare workers reach 40% more patients more often. Entrepreneurs travel 4x further, carrying 5x more goods, increasing profits by up to 50%.
Fact 2 - The power of women: Studies show that empowering women is smart economics. Women and girls reinvest an average of 90% of their income in their families, compared to a 30-40% reinvestment rate for men.
Goal: By 2019, Globalbike will increase the self-sufficiency of over 28,000 women in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania by connecting them to resources such as income, healthcare, and education, through bicycles.
My Role: In July, I will join a group of Globalbike volunteers in Tanzania to distribute bicycles and celebrate the empowerment of women. All contributions to this campaign will go to aid Globalbike's mission and work (not to fund my trip).
Last Thought: Susan B. Anthony said, “Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel . . . the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”