Women's Wheels: Bicycles for Rural Development

by MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org. Vetted since 2008 Site Visit Verified


Help MADRE and the Umoja Uaso Women’s Group bring load-carrying bicycles to Indigenous women in Kenya so they can earn income, haul water, and bring people to the hospital.

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Umoja village was founded by indigenous Samburu women as a sanctuary for women fleeing sexual and domestic violence. Now climate change threatens their traditional herding economy and women must find new ways to support their families. They also need a way to haul water across long distances without sustaining injuries and ensure that the sick and eldery can access a clinic miles away. Umoja and 7 neighboring villages are now working collectively to meet these urgent needs sustainably.


MADRE will provide durable, motor-assisted bicycle taxis to each community to enable women to: 1) earn income by providing taxi services to tourists, 2) haul jugs of water for their families and 3) bring sick and elderly people to the nearest clinic.

Long-Term Impact

The project will help women earn income to sustain their communities and will strengthen ties between 8 villages. It will also improve health as women avoid injuries from carrying water and increase access to health care.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Project's External Homepage
Kenya Overview
MADRE’s Sister Organization in Kenya
The Umoja Village as featured in O Magazine

Organization Information

MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.MADRE.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @madrespeaks
Project Leader:
Irene Lew
Development Assistant
NY, NY Kenya

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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