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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
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
Bali's Dyatmika high school excite with the bikes
Dyatmika high school student riding the bike
Dyatmika high school student riding the bike
Bamboo becak model
Bamboo becak model

Our unique designs of bamboo bikes, bamboo wheelchairs for disabled children and the wide range of bamboo bike accessories and handicrafts continuously being innovated by our artisans recently attracted the attention of a north American NGO,curious if we could design and build a bamboo becak (cycle rickshaw), modelled on those that transport tourists through Yokyakarta (Jogjakarta).

Two specific requirements in the design are (a) that it is capable of being converted to an electric bike, powered by solar panels on the roof, meaning that the covered passenger bench at the front cannot have folding canvas or other cover and must be solid to enable fixation of the solar panels, and (b) in addition to building in a hidden battery compartment, the passenger bench must have the flexibility to be converted to carry cargo!

Our incredible bamboo designer, Deni, was not fazed by the clients “wish list”, which is the kind of challenge he loves, and bymid July, not only had he designed the versatile becak BUT also included hydraulic suspension for the front 2 cargo wheels and developed the budget estimate! The client was truly amazed and agreed the design and cost for the prototype. We are now awaiting further instruction, but will give updates in our next report.

Bamboo Wheelchairs update

Our bamboo wheelchair client and partner, Brad Moreland and wife Twone, with their eco-friendly companies, Bali Beach Wheels and Eco Living Bali, who are sponsoring the bamboo wheelchairs for disabled children, currently focusing on those in Bali and Lombok island where there are dozens of poor children in need of ‘tailor made’ versatile all terrain wheelchairs have now completed a short video, documenting the first recipient handover and the wheelchair properties, which can be viewed on this You Tube link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjrBkMCDvaU here.

Here at our East Bali Poverty Project villages, we have 6 more disabled children aged from 4 – 11 years, all of which are unable to walk, and whilst the wheelchairs will not improve their physical disabilities, they will provide a tremendous improvement in quality of life for both the children and their loving and dedicated parents and extended families.Please contact me at david.booth@eastbalipovertyproject.org if you’d like more information regarding sponsoring a wheelchair for a disabled child.

New laminated bamboo front baskets for Bamboo Bikes

Most people who use bikes for local commuting and shopping need a sturdy and attractive front basket! Deni and our team have the answer with a very light and sturdy laminated front basket shown in the photo.

Thank you again to all of our friends who continue supporting development of our bamboo social enterprise through GlobalGiving and we are still urgently seeking more seed funding to enable us to provide full training for an initial three of our unemployed high school graduates from our Mount Agung schools, to enable them to start producing high quality bamboo products in their own hamlets, withbamboo from their local forests,and initiate sustainable bamboo business cooperative to initiate sustainable economic development in their impoverished communities.


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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
 

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Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia

Location: Denpasar - Indonesia
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Project Leader:
David Booth
Denpasar, Bali Indonesia
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