Transport Books through Rural Africa on Motorbike

by Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)


Books in Burkina Faso are more often than not too expensive for the average citizen, especially for those who live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihood. Using a tricycle motorbike with a wagon on the back, FAVL will be able to develop a mobile library and thus provide 400 books to 1000 people in 12 villages in rural Burkina Faso. The books will be locally purchased, and will allow residents of the villages to develop their reading and critical thinking skills.
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Books are expensive in Burkina. Libraries are rare, especially in rural areas. Thus, people who live in these areas have little to no access to books. Students have no books to help them build their critical thinking skills and imagination and reinforce the lessons they learn at school. Illiterate villagers have no opportunities to develop literacy skills and read books to help them develop farming techniques or enforce other technical job skills.


The motorbike will travel to 12 villages in three rural zones in Burkina Faso and transport 400 books for both children and adults. The mobile library will come to the village once a week and villagers and school students will be able to take books to read for one week. The motorbike will return one week later, and residents will be able to exchange their books. The motorbike will stop in the market area and at primary schools in each village.

Long-Term Impact

With the mobile library, we will be able to provide access to books to people in 12 villages, including primary and secondary school students, teachers, civil servants and other residents interested in books. In total, more than 1000 people will have access to reading materials, empowering them and helping them develop and reinforce the habits of reading and critical thinking.


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Organization Information

Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)

Location: San Jose, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Krystle Austin
San Jose, CA United States

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