Women's Wheels: Bicycles for Rural Development



Help MADRE and the Umoja Uaso Women’s Group bring load-carrying bicycles to Indigenous women in Kenya so they can earn income, haul water, and bring people to the hospital.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Umoja village was founded by indigenous Samburu women as a sanctuary for women fleeing sexual and domestic violence. Now climate change threatens their traditional herding economy and women must find new ways to support their families. They also need a way to haul water across long distances without sustaining injuries and ensure that the sick and eldery can access a clinic miles away. Umoja and 7 neighboring villages are now working collectively to meet these urgent needs sustainably.

How will this project solve this problem?

MADRE will provide durable, motor-assisted bicycle taxis to each community to enable women to: 1) earn income by providing taxi services to tourists, 2) haul jugs of water for their families and 3) bring sick and elderly people to the nearest clinic.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project will help women earn income to sustain their communities and will strengthen ties between 8 villages. It will also improve health as women avoid injuries from carrying water and increase access to health care.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $90

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $90 .  The original project funding goal was $19,200.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Irene Lew

Development Assistant
NY, NY Kenya

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