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East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal

by Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia
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
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
Deni, David, Brad & parents - wheelchair handover
Deni, David, Brad & parents - wheelchair handover

In the last 3 months, our dedicated bamboo artisans have not only been very busy building more bamboo wheelchairs, city, MTB and balance bikes but have also turned their design-and-build skills to creating emergency temporary bamboo A-frame housing for the communities living nearest Mount Agung volcano crater.

As six of our bamboo social enterprises artisans live in Cegi and Pengalusan hamlets, only 5 kilometres from Mount Agung’s active crater - which has erupted at approximately 6 day intervals in recent months - they worked at weekends, with their communities, to build an initial group of 30 houses on empty land at our Tianyar base camp, generously sponsored by the Mount Agung Relief (MAR) team, led by Mr Rio Helmi. Experts cannot predict if or when a major eruption may occur, but we must be prepared to support our communities in case of urgent evacuations. These sturdy 6 metre x 4 metre A-frame houses are built from local bamboo, which we treat for termite resistance and can house up to 7 people comfortably, with a shaded terrace for cooking and relaxing. When no longer required, they can be easily dismantled, transported and rebuilt, ready for quick removal in case of further emergencies.

Bamboo wheelchairs project: We’ve now designed and built 3 unique bamboo wheelchairs, one of which was recently handed over to a severely disabled boy in Cegi hamlet, his father being the key artisans who built it with love, ensuring that all dimensions were tailored to suit his son’s needs.

Balance bikes update: Interest in our beautiful hand crafted bamboo balance bikes has peaked recently, with our latest buyer, Brad, sending the following glowing review: “We have been working with David, Deni and the EBBB team on an exciting project for a few months now, and every time we would go their offices in Denpasar we would always admire the 2 beautiful bamboo bikes on show. However, on this one occasion we had our 5 year old son who completely fell in love with the bamboo balance bike and so we decided to buy it. However, rather than keep it at home we decided to rather keep it in our Eco Living Bali (Plastic Free) Shop. While my son would much rather have the bike at home, at least now he has a toy to play with when we are at the shop”. And from his happy son, Cal: “The small bamboo bike is the coolest bike I have ever seen!”.

Last but not least, we hosted an international documentary team who spent some days shooting to tell our story. We hope to share this with you all in our next report.

Thank you once again to all our GlobalGiving family of supporters and we hope that you will continue with your generosity so that we can train a group of our recent high school graduates to become skilled bamboo artisans and create bamboo businesses within their communities that East Bali Bamboo Bikes and East Bali Poverty Project will support with training quality control and marketing

Bamboo wheelchair ready for the road
Bamboo wheelchair ready for the road
Carefully taking the wheelchair from our truck
Carefully taking the wheelchair from our truck
Taking the wheelchair to the Cegi boy
Taking the wheelchair to the Cegi boy
Satisfied 5 year old in his balance bike
Satisfied 5 year old in his balance bike
Bamboo A-frames - the details
Bamboo A-frames - the details
Bamboo A-frame house before cladding
Bamboo A-frame house before cladding
Completed bamboo A-frame houses
Completed bamboo A-frame houses
Wheelchair bamboo
Wheelchair bamboo

Our last bike sold in 2018 was to a UK client, who was so happy with the bamboo City Bike he bought in August 2018 when living temporarily in Bali, that he bought one as a surprise Christmas present for his teenage daughter – who was a super fan of her Dad’s bike – which he hand-carried on his flight to UK at the end of December – with great feedback so far!

The quiet period with very few bamboo bike enquiries or orders so far this year,coinciding with Indonesia’s rainy season from October to April, has provided opportunities for our highly skilledteam of artisans in our bamboo workshop to innovative, first by creating our own exciting bamboo bike wheels spokes prototype, as well as laminated and solid bamboo casings for radios and Bluetooth speakers, bamboo cutlery and much more, shown in the photos.  

However, the most exciting project our team has undertaken and are now well on the way to completing, is a bamboo wheelchair prototype, created for a friend newly arrived in Bali who has an imported and expensive wheelchair to facilitate taking his disabled son to the beach. He came to East Bali Bamboo Bikes last year asking us to develop a completely bamboo framed wheelchair that he could donate to families of disabled children who live in rural villages, such as EBPP home village of Ban and the adjacent 3 Tianyar villages, on the sandy slopes of Mounts Agung and Abang, where all the 30+ families with disabled children live far from good quality roads, meaning most of these children can never really leave their home, except when carried by their devoted parents.

Deni, our bamboo bike designer, developed the initial design for the wheelchair using measurements from the beach wheelchair with our professional computer design volunteer in a series of concept computer designs that were rapidly approved by our client.

This wheelchair will benefit from the flexibility of the bamboo frames, the small, solid and wide tread front wheels and the main wheels using wide rims, with tyres and inner tubes that allow punctures to be easily repaired and new tyres and tubes easy to buy in cycle stores. The other great benefit we offer is providing all of the steel components made-to-measure by our specialist partners in Bandung, West Java, from aircraft grade aluminium,

You can also see from the photos that we’ve created the seat and backrest from laminated bamboo as well as the main wheel spokes and the push rims or hand rims: in fact where bamboo can be used, we use it!!  

This beautiful innovative wheelchair will be completed quite soon and we’ll give further updates in our next report.

Thank you to all our Global Giving donors who’ve supported us so far, but we’ve a long way to go and are in need of funds to enable us to allocate some of our bamboo artisans to train more local youth and young men & women with the skills to enable them to consider becoming entrepreneurs in their communities to speed up their economic development.

wheelchair bamboo
wheelchair bamboo
Radio box from bamboo
Radio box from bamboo
Radio box from bamboo
Radio box from bamboo
Back side of bamboo radio box
Back side of bamboo radio box
Wheelchair bamboo
Wheelchair bamboo
Bamboo bike
Bamboo bike
Bamboo bike
Bamboo bike
Our new model: Fixie bamboo bike
Our new model: Fixie bamboo bike

We’re pleased to advise that we reactivated our Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise appeal at the end of October and during the last 3 months, our local team of artisans, led by our amazing bamboo bike designer, Deni Nugraha, have designed and built 3 new bamboo bike models: Balance bike, BMX and single-speed (fixie) road bike. We’ve been lucky to have a very talented volunteer French Mechanical Engineer, a professional in CAD-Geometrical modelling design, who has created all our designs in detailed computer illustrations in all views, including 3-D isometric views.

Whilst we’ve only sold 10 bikes in the last 3 months, 2 of which were hand carried to UK and 5 shipped to Bandung in West Java, where they are being fitted with electric motors as part of a government trial for Denpasar City, we recently had a visit by some senior Indonesian Government officials from Jakarta who toured our bamboo bike workshop and were very impressed with the high quality and unique aspects of all of our bikes, accessories and small bamboo handicrafts. We do expect that this visit will result in further communication from relevant government departments and do hope for Indonesia-wide exposure!

We are presently in the process of recruiting a qualified marketing and communications professional who will take a major role in promoting our bamboo bikes and unique handicrafts, not only in Indonesia but also internationally, as we presently have serious enquiries from the UK and USA.

We are still in urgent need of ‘seed’ funds to support our marketing and sales staff and build up a stock of bikes wit the target of developing high sales demand so that we can rapidly train more local graduates and other unemployed youth as top level bamboo artisans with the potential to develop small community owned bamboo businesses whilst still in the East Bali Bamboo Bikes team.

Our new model: BMX bamboo bike
Our new model: BMX bamboo bike
Our new prototype: Balance bamboo bike
Our new prototype: Balance bamboo bike
Government  visit to see our other bamboo products
Government visit to see our other bamboo products
Our bamboo bikes stand at Karangasem festival
Our bamboo bikes stand at Karangasem festival

Thanks to generous donor support to our “East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprises Appeal” crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to provides seed funding for developing our Social Enterprise to promote and sell our unique bamboo bikes, under the brand of "East Bali Bamboo Bikes": eastbalibamboobikes.com. This latest crowdfunding campaign followed on from our Bamboo Workshop campaign that we launched in 2016.

Although we have not achieved our target, your contributions gave us opportunity to start this social enterprises effort. We now have a well equipped bamboo bike workshop with a wide range of tools and equipment. We will now develop a strategy to promote, market and showcase our beautiful bamboo bikes to get optimum exposure as we have not yet had enough sales to generate any profit to support our community development programmes, the ultimate goal of creating this social enterprise.

We have therefore decided to deactivate this project on GlobalGiving platform and this is our final report. We will pursue other avenues to raise the seed funds needed.

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

International bikes parade at IVCA 2018 in Sanur
International bikes parade at IVCA 2018 in Sanur

We continue building our bamboo bikes in our ‘temporary‘ Tianyar workshop as the Mount Agung volcano keeps us concerned, with higher levels of activity in the past few days, including small eruption on 29th May, with gas and ash columns rising 500 metres above the crater.

Please see our many exciting developments of the last 3 months and some great opportunities going forward, blow.

Promoting our bamboo bikes in Jakarta and Sanur

INABIKE 2018, 22-24 March: As outlined in our last report, Deni Nugraha (bamboo bike designer), Karina (EBPP health team leader and a competitive cyclist) and I took two MTB’s (m & f) and a City bike (we took free of charge on our Garuda flight!), all with beautiful laminated bamboo mudguards to the INABIKE Jakarta International Bike Exhibition, generating a lot of interest, many complements from the international visitors and - one order for a custom MTB frame! The buyer, an Indonesian professor and cycling enthusiast from Bandung, detailed the modifications he needed and shortly after taking delivery sent some great photos of his first tour in the northern Bandung mountains, with the great complement “Nice handling, good product”.

IVCA 2018: This was conveniently held in Sanur, where we exhibited 3 MTB’s, 2 City bikes and our newly designed bamboo tandem bike,attracting hundreds ofIndonesian and foreign visitors, many taking the bikes for a spin and quite a few making appointments to meet us to place orders.

EBBB Bamboo Workshop updates

Bamboo bike sales: In the last 3 months, we’ve sold 21bamboo bikes, 18 for a local cycling eco tour company and 2 beautiful black bamboo custom bikes, complete with hand-made black bamboo baskets and laminated bamboo bottle holders for an American friend, Linda, now on their way to her in a shipping container. On seeing the photos of the completed bikes, a delighted Linda exclaimed: “The bikes look beautiful!  Can’t wait to take them for a spin!” She’ll promote our bikes in California and is optimistic that we’ll be getting many more orders. Fingers crossed!

Our most exciting sale though was to an Indonesia Parliament member, who represents Bali in the Jakarta parliament, whilst hosting an event on 28th April in Tianyar Timur (home of our present bamboo bike workshop), where local small businesses were displaying and promoting their hand-made products. Made Kari, our senior bike builder, came forward with one of our bamboo mountain bikes which he instantly loved and decided to buy – to promote in Jakarta! “This is a very beautiful and unique local product. I really appreciate the creativity of the local group who makes these bamboo bikes. I will display this bike at my house in Jakarta, so that more people know about this product and I am sure they will be interested too” he complemented.

Regional government officials visit to East Bali Bamboo Bikes workshop: On the 9th of April,Komang Kurniawan, Deni and our team proudly hosted a group of senior officials from various Karangasem Regency departments of planning agency, industrial department, co-operatives department, etc.,who were so impressed with our high quality bikes, hand-made by local craftsmen with locally sourced bamboo, that they are ready to offer support to our social enterprises by giving soft loan AND branding the bamboo bike as a‘Karangasem Regency icon’! We’ll follow up and keep you all updated!

New compressor and pneumatic tools: Thanks to the generous donation of our Jakarta supporter, Mr Ramli, we purchased a high capacity compressor and a wide range of pneumatic tools on 21st May that are enabling our team to gradually reduce the time to build each bike frame which will enable us to increase our output.

Looking ahead

Unique bamboo bike tours: Our region in East Bali,covered with up to 40 metres volcanic ash, has no rivers, irrigation streams, rice fields or tourism industries and is a complete contrast to the typical images of Bali promoted internationally. With different flora, prevalent in our soil type and hotter climate, traditional home industries including palm sugar production and salt farming, coral reef restoration, etc., we hope to launch these unique tours by late June. However, we needfunds to build more bikes for the tours, which should pay for themselves quite soon after, – and need your support! As a new social enterprise created to provide sustainable bamboo-based livelihoods for local youth,we can succeed: but do need your help to get started.

We have come so far to this stage but still urgently need seed funds to develop our social enterprises, employ more local youth and support more local bamboo farmers who we buyour carefully selected bamboo poles from.

Exciting EBBB promotion at INABIKE 2018 in Jakarta
Exciting EBBB promotion at INABIKE 2018 in Jakarta
Visitors tried out EBBB tandem bike at IVCA 2018
Visitors tried out EBBB tandem bike at IVCA 2018
Custom order - EBBB black bamboo bike
Custom order - EBBB black bamboo bike
Exciting sale to an Indonesia Parliament member
Exciting sale to an Indonesia Parliament member
Government officials visit to Tianyar workshop
Government officials visit to Tianyar workshop
Our craftsmen demonstrating bike building process
Our craftsmen demonstrating bike building process
EBBB Local craftsmen using the pneumatic tool
EBBB Local craftsmen using the pneumatic tool
EBBB Local craftsmen using the pneumatic tool
EBBB Local craftsmen using the pneumatic tool
Local-craftsmen are hard at work making bike frame
Local-craftsmen are hard at work making bike frame
Surveying potential route for the Bike tour
Surveying potential route for the Bike tour
Testing the route with our bamboo Mountain Bike
Testing the route with our bamboo Mountain Bike
Bike-building training for youth from Desa Ban
Bike-building training for youth from Desa Ban
 

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Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia

Location: Denpasar - Indonesia
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David Booth
Denpasar, Bali Indonesia
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