East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal

by Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia
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East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
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East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
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East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal

We have nopositiveupdates since ourlast report as the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are now much worse that we reported in October, and as a small home-grown social enterprises businessthatdepends on orders and revenue from the domestic, tourist and overseas markets, we have been seriously impacted.

We’ve had a few inquiries for our bamboo bikes from overseas but the airfreight costs are now almost double the normal rates, with no definite schedulesdue to travel restrictions in Indonesia and most other countries.

We are trying to survive but with no orders, and thus no revenue, for more than 6 months, all our artisans have been working on alternate weeks for the last 2 months and we’ve paid their 50% salaries.

We have therefore decided to deactivate this project on GlobalGiving platform and focus all our fundraising activities on our education programs. We do however plan to revive our Bamboo Social Enterprise page on GlobalGiving when the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a threat and the world is back to an active new normal.

I hope you enjoy the attached photo collages, visually documenting key stages in our Bamboo Bikes, Wheelchairs & Bamboo Accessories journey since 2016!

Thank you so much for all your support since the beginning. Please stay connect with our project through our website (eastbalibamboobikes.com and eastbalipovertyproject.org), Facebook and Instagram.

We will be back.

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Our hopes last July that the Covid-19 pandemic would be quickly controlled and allow activities to return to normal by now have been dashed and although we’ve had no income, we could not lay off our dedicated small team of artisans who all have families to support. We are though pleased to report that we’ve all adapted to the “new normal”, life has continued and by following strict coronavirus protocols, our bamboo team, students in our 6 EBPP schools and our 19 Ban village communities remain safe and healthy.

A huge disappointment has been the recent upsurge of Covid infections in the UK since we sent our custom bike frames to our UK partner, Netham Bamboo, who were starting to fill their order book – but they’ve had to return to lockdown and no further orders yet. However, on the positive side, our bamboo team have kept busy with various activities summarised below.

Bamboo Marine Animals

In preparation for business opening in Germany, our team have made 20 sets of the beautiful marine life bamboo toys that our former interns had designed and started researching and promoting in Germany, which has not taken off due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March. We remain optimistic and are ready!

Children’s Skimboard Prototype

We were recently contacted by a new customer, and potential partner, (British) who lives in Bali and talked about the idea of making children's skimboards. Searching on the internet, we didn’t find any made from bamboo, yet. Therefore, we have been designing and are currently building prototypes for the skimboards and seeing if they work! If it does, then our customer will be helping us to put this product on the market. Our challenge is to minimise the weight and we hope that the Styrofoam ‘sandwich’ we’re piloting will achieve our goals. Wait for updates in our next report.

Supporting EBPP Health and Education Teams Monthly Food Supplement Distribution

Since school and community health posts closures in March, our bamboo team have played a key role in distribution of monthly food supplement packages to our 171 students and their families in the 6 remote mountain hamlets and nutritional food supplement for the dozens of malnourished infants that we support through our health outreach programmes. Thanks to this food support, no children have dropped out from school and many of the malnourished infants have improved body weight and health!

Komang and our bamboo team are using this quiet period to optimise non-productive land in and around our Tianyar workshop, including harvesting and planting Vetiver Grass (Chrysopogen zizanioides) in Tianyar nursery, preparing a vacant plot as an organic fruit and vegetable farm and improving ground water resources.

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Our great progress reported in March took a severe hit when the COVID-19 took hold in Indonesia, prompting Bali’s Governor to instruct school closures on 16th of March and total lockdown of Bali’s traditional communities on 31st of March! While some of our bamboo artisans from Ban village were required to stay in their respective mountain hamlets, we continued limited activities with a ‘skeleton’ team.

Bamboo Trainees Resume on 1st July Building their First Bike Frames

Laid off from 1st April till 30th June during the pandemic lockdown, our graduates were excited to immediately resume hands-on training by preparing accurate drawings and then directly learning the main steps to build their first bamboo bike frame! (See photos)

Bamboo Wheelchairs Donated tomore Needy Disabled Children

On 16th April, we proudlyhanded over a custom made bamboo wheelchair to a severely disabled 12 year old girl in nearby Tianyar village, who is unable to speak but clearly suffered great discomfort in her old and damaged steel framed wheelchair, which was also far too big for her. A few days later, we provided our first prototype bamboo wheelchair, made as a trial for Bali Beach Wheels, to a 5 year old disabled boy, also in Tianyar. Fortunately, the size suits him perfectly after makinga few minor adjustments to make it more comfortable. 

Two more Custom Bamboo Bike Frames for UK

Working to new geometry from Bristol-based Netham Bamboo, our team completed 2 more beautiful frames in less than a week and shortly after getting the air freight quotes on 30th March, all air cargo flights were stopped due to Covid-19 – and not yet resumed. However, that did not deter Netham from researching electric bikes and accordingly ordered a prototype frame, which we completed in Mid-April and is also sitting in our Denpasar office, wrapped and ready for shipping, hopefully quite soon!

Potential Partnership with Established Bali Bike Shop

An enquiry in mid-May from a well-established bike dealer in SE Bali resulted in the owner joining me to meet our expert bike builders in our Tianyar workshop on 28th May with exciting results. He was so impressed with our team’s technical expertise, our well-equipped workshop and our many bamboo bike designs that he provided us with one of his best-selling imported steel bike frames for our team to build him a bamboo sample! He also loved our laminated bamboo mudguards and kiddies Balance bikes and proposed some modifications to enable lower prices – which we’re planning in the near future.

We hope that the COVID-19 crisis will soon be behind us and whilst we’ve kept all of our bamboo artisans employed full time, output has been very restricted and we urgently need donor support to enable us to replenish stocks maintain machines and seek new markets and bamboo bike and craft orders.

Many thanks to our GlobalGiving donors and we will contact you shortly with details of the GlobalGiving July 15th Bonus day

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East Bali Bamboo Craft Toys Box Flyer
East Bali Bamboo Craft Toys Box Flyer

We’ve had a great start to 2020 and in this report I’ll update you on all these initiatives and developments, including the creation of a set of unique bamboo children’s toys, the start of bamboo hands-on skills training courses for Ban village youth and the handover of our third bamboo wheelchair for a severely disabled boy

New Craft Product: Bamboo Children’s Toys

These toys were the brainchild of our German International Culture and Business Studies intern, Laura A, whose main role with us during her 3 months internship was to assist in marketing and communications for our Bamboo Social Enterprise to identify new products and markets. She saw great potential in the German craft market and some fine-tuned research found small toy animal sets – but machine madefrom wood, and all by commercial toy companies. Our bamboo products comprise 15 different species of fish – all that can be found in the oceans north of our village, and have a unique story behind them which is told on the simple flyer we created to accompany the toy boxes, shown here. Laura is now back in Germany marketing the toys and we are excitedly waiting to receive the first orders!

Bamboo Hands-on Skills Training for Local Village Youth

We launched our bamboo social enterprise with thegoals to not only create beautiful products hand-crafted from sustainable locally grown and harvested bamboo, but also to create employment and improve the livelihoods of rural youth in our East Bali mountain village by giving bamboo craft training in various type of bamboo craftsto local youth, especially EBPP high school graduates who could train local people in their respective communities and be ready to receive bamboo craft orders, that would be facilitated by East Bali Poverty Project (EBPPP). 

In late 2019, we were contacted by a newly established charitable Trust in Singapore that was keen to support our mission of helping local people to help themselves and finally in January 2020, we received a one-year grant that enables us to recruit and train a total of 12 motivated local youth, in groups of 3each group from a different Ban village community, that will have intensive bamboo craft skills training for 3 full months each group, to give them expertise in developing many types of handicraft – all of which have different skills and tools, as well as bamboo bike frames. After completion, they’ll return to their communities and train others in their community, who will effectively start learning from the 3 trainees within a month of their course starting. 

The grant also included hiring a local marketing consultancy company to create a comprehensive marketing strategy with the target to get the right customers of our products to increase the selling volume so we can give bamboo craft orders to the youth/community groups that we have trained.

We will update the progress of this great project, which started on 10th February, in our next report.

Handover of Third made-to-measure Bamboo Wheelchair

There is a tragic tale to this boy, Ardi’s, disability because he was the first born of triplets with normal births and starting to talk until at 15 months old, suffered extraordinarily high fever followed by severe seizures which, when under control left him effectively paralysed. The other 2 children are healthy 4 year olds! As with our earlier wheelchair, our dedicated bamboo artisans took all of Ardi’s measurements and built the wheelchair with the flexibility to make adjustments as his body grew. Ms Twone, who together with her husband Brad and their company Bali Beach Wheels find sponsors for the wheelchairs, joined us to personallyhandover this hand-crafted wheelchair on Wednesday 26th February and directly talk with Ardi’s parents to understand the additional supports he would need to ensure he could be as comfortable as possible and enjoy a significantly improved quality of life.

For any further information and enquiries for bamboo bikes, sponsoring wheelchairs or bamboo toys, please email me on david.booth@eastbalipovertyproject.org

East Bali Bamboo Craft_Toys Box Flyer (p2)
East Bali Bamboo Craft_Toys Box Flyer (p2)
Briefing the first youth group
Briefing the first youth group
Signing the MOU
Signing the MOU
Training using the tool
Training using the tool
Creating the toys
Creating the toys
Preparing the wheelchair
Preparing the wheelchair
Exicing father receiving wheelchair for his son
Exicing father receiving wheelchair for his son
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Setting frame in Jig & tacking
Setting frame in Jig & tacking

Bamboo Bike frames to UK

 

We get a lot of bamboo bike enquiries through our EBBB websitewww.eastbalibamboobikes.com but many are just that: enquiries! Imagine my surprise when I got a serious enquiry in September from a newly established British company that wants to promote eco-friendly bamboo bikes mainstream, and was looking for a supplier that had a social community impact!  After much communication, their excitement grew and they ordered 2 custom frames, complete with their logo – to be sent air freight so they can build up with quality components to promote and market in the period coming up to Christmas. The great news is that they were shipped at the end of last week and will arrive in Bristol UK today!  I’m hoping that in our next report, East Bali Bamboo bikes will be making unique inroads on the UK cycling scene!!

New wheelchair for severely disabled East Bali boy

Further to our September update, I’m thrilled to report that Brad, our client, was successful in his fundraising and ordered another wheelchair last month, which we are now building for a very tragic 4 year old boy. Born the first of triplets, from only three months old, he suffered a series of seizures, leaving him almost totally paralysed and unable to talk, whilst the other triplets are normal and healthy. He’s a beautiful boy with elder siblings and very caring parents, who are extremely poor but both work hard to give their children the best in life. The basic wheelchair they had was rusty and unsafe. So as soon as Brad gave us the good news, our bamboo artisan measured young Alit and got to work!  Progress is great, as you can see from the photos, just waiting for the aluminium components, which are currently being hand made from top grade aluminium in Bandung. I’ll share the completion and handover photos in our next report. We still have 6 more disabled children from impoverished East Bali families on the waiting list, so if you are interested in sponsoring a bamboo wheelchair for the next child, please email me for more information at david.booth@eastbalipovertyproject.org

Bamboo bikes create excitement for Bali’s Dyatmika high school students

We frequently have overseas international schools visiting and interacting with our EBPP schools students but last Monday, 2ndDecember was the first time in 11 years that the local Dyatmika’s high school students had visited, and when planning the visit with their teacher, he asked if there’d be time to visit our Bamboo Bikes workshop. Logistics prevented that so, we took the bikes to the meeting point in Daya, (where our workshop was prior to evacuating due to Mount Agung activity) and it was their treat after they’d had great activities with our high school students. The photos tell the story, and in the words of their teacher, “they absolute loved the bikes, they thought they were cool and loved that they were being built locally with sustainable products. A few of them were going to try and convince their parents to buy one for Christmas!” Let’s hope they are our next customers!!

Wrapping, preparing for epoxy
Wrapping, preparing for epoxy
Our local artisan securing frame with niimble toes
Our local artisan securing frame with niimble toes
Removing excess epoxy with air sander
Removing excess epoxy with air sander
Completed City Bike frame
Completed City Bike frame
Setting the bamboo push rim
Setting the bamboo push rim
Rear view in process
Rear view in process
Front view - wrapped, ready for epoxy
Front view - wrapped, ready for epoxy
Frame, seat & push rims, awaiting other components
Frame, seat & push rims, awaiting other components
Bali's Dyatmika high school excite with the bikes
Bali's Dyatmika high school excite with the bikes
Dyatmika high school student riding the bike
Dyatmika high school student riding the bike
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Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia

Location: Denpasar - Indonesia
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David Booth
Denpasar, Bali Indonesia

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