Mozambikes Social Development changes lives in rural Mozambique by donating bicycles to people earning less than $2 per day. A bicycle carries more produce to market, reaches markets with better prices, carries people to schools and allows Moms to bring their children to clinics. Bicycles save lives. Help us get more bicycles into Mozambique AND take the next step in promoting use among women and increasing bicycle safety for all users.
In Mozambique, 55% of people live in extreme poverty, earning less than $2 per day. Only half of the country is literate, and thousands die each year from entirely treatable diseases. A woman spends 3-6 hours per day collecting 30 kgs of firewood and 50 kgs of water for her family. Moreover, she often walks miles for these chores with the weight of the goods on her head. There is no system of affordable, efficient transportation to help these people reach markets, schools or clinics.
Mozambikes donates bicycles to people living under the poverty line in rural Mozambique. We focus on people who will use the bicycle to improve their daily incomes, or to reach eduaction and health centers. We also pay special attention to women, who are often the primary caretakers in Mozambique, and have even designed a bicycle that is more comfortable for women (while still accommodating men!) Mozambikes also promotes awareness and safety of bicycles throughout the country.
The bicycle saves lives and uplifts people from poverty. A bicycle empowers women to reduce time and fatigue in doing daily chores, giving time for income-generating jobs and means to take children to the clinic. Over 75% of people work in informal agriculture (subsistence farming) and a bicycle helps them carry more product to market, reach more fair markets and get there faster. A bicycle = more food on the table, more time together as a family and FREEDOM to travel.
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