Faces

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For 15 years, our global community has empowered people in need to change their world with bicycles. Explore the stories of 15 inspiring faces from our journey and see how you can propel us forward in our next 15 years of impact together.

Dilshani

World Bicycle Relief was born in response to the tragic Indian Ocean Tsunami. In Sri Lanka, Buffalo Bicycles helped 24,000 displaced families reconnect to schools, health clinics, jobs and, in time, rebuild their lives. With her bicycle, Dilshani finished school and trained as a nurse. Ten years later, that same bike carried her younger sister to school.

Today, as developing regions strive to move forward amidst the pandemic, you can provide crucial bicycles to help reconnect and rebuild communities around the world.

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2005

SRI LANKA

Nebo & Frank

Nebo (right) is a creative and generous volunteer caregiver who used to spend 6 hrs per day visiting 15 patients door-to-door - by foot - to provide HIV/AIDS counseling and monitor vital signs. Nebo received a bicycle from World Bicycle Relief in 2007, cutting his travel time in half and greatly improving his quality of care.

When Nebo's neighbor Frank (left) started experiencing rapid weight loss, Nebo rushed Frank, in his weakened state, to the clinic on his bicycle handlebars. That trip changed their lives forever.

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2007

ZAMBIA

Nebo & Frank

Nebo (right) is a creative and generous volunteer caregiver who used to spend 5-6 hrs per day visiting 15 patients door-to-door - by foot - to provide HIV/AIDS counseling and monitor vital signs. When Nebo received a bicycle from World Bicycle Relief in 2007, he cut his travel time in half and his quality of care greatly improved.

When Nebo’s neighbor Frank (left) started experiencing rapid weight loss, Nebo carried Frank, in his weakened state, to the clinic—on his bicycle handlebars. Frank tested positive for HIV, was prescribed medication, and began his treatment through the vigilance of Nebo’s regular care.

As coronavirus hinders HIV/AIDS patients from visiting clinics, at-home care by community volunteers like Nebo is more important than ever. Our supporters have funded 2,500 bicycles to help frontline caregivers during this pandemic but the immense need remains. Today, you can provide life-saving bicycles for those who need them most.

Health workers with bicycles visit up to 88% more patients.
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15 YEARS SAVING LIVES

2007

ZAMBIA

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Health workers with bicycles visit up to 88% more patients.

Loveness

Loveness spent 4 hours a day walking to school, often causing her to miss class. In 2009, she received a Buffalo Bicycle. With shorter travel times, improved attendance and hard work, Loveness finished school and attended nursing college.

Eleven years later, her bicycle continues to build dreams: It carries her sister Doris to school and helps her family transport goods to market. When you provide life-changing bicycles to students like Loveness, you help families and entire communities move forward with two wheels.

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2009

ZAMBIA

Brian

Brian Moonga, Country Director for World Bicycle Relief, knows firsthand the barriers of distance. Growing up in rural Zambia, he benefited from his father’s position as headmaster, living just steps away from school. But he watched as his classmates arrived late, tired and, during the rainy season, wet from long walks.

38 years later, Brian returned to his primary school village to reconnect with his classmate and best friend, Elizabeth. What he found humbled him. Compelled to help students overcome the challenges that daunted Elizabeth and others, he took action to pay it forward.

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2011

ZAMBIA

Brian

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Brian Moonga, Country Director for World Bicycle Relief, knows firsthand the barriers of distance. Growing up in rural Zambia, he benefited from his father’s position as headmaster, living just steps away from school. But he watched as his classmates arrived late, tired and, during the rainy season, wet from long walks.

38 years later, Brian returned to his primary school village to reconnect with his classmate and best friend, Elizabeth. What he found humbled him. Compelled to help students overcome the challenges that daunted Elizabeth and others, our Zambia team provided 110 bicycles to Brian's alma mater.

For 10 years, Brian has fought to support rural communities and move them forward with bicycles. Today, as these communities struggle to stay safe while also restarting their economies, bicycles are more important than ever. Will you help Brian and his team close the gap?

Many students used to walk or run long distances to school, but I barely noticed. The grief only dawned on me once I started working for World Bicycle Relief.
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15 YEARS PAYING IT FORWARD

2011

ZAMBIA

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY

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Many students used to walk or run long distances to school, but I barely noticed. The grief only dawned on me once I started working for World Bicycle Relief.

Jackton

As a test rider for World Bicycle Relief since 2011, Jackton Ochala provides invaluable feedback on our bike designs. In exchange for his essential work, he is now the proud owner of five Buffalo Bicycles, which he uses daily for his ever-growing delivery business.

Jackton and his employees start at 5 a.m. each day outside Kisumu, Kenya, where they pick up fresh bread and deliver it to local sellers across the city.

The bicycles offered Jackton's business an edge over his competition.

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2011

KENYA

Jackton

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As a test rider for World Bicycle Relief since 2011, Jackton Ochala provides invaluable feedback on our bike designs. In exchange for his essential work, he is now the proud owner of five Buffalo Bicycles, which he uses daily for his ever-growing delivery business.

Jackton and his employees start at 5 a.m. each day outside Kisumu, Kenya, where they pick up fresh bread and deliver it to local sellers across the city.

“This bicycle made me win so many customers because I can carry a very large load. I reach them exactly on time. Others can’t come sometimes because of breakdowns.”

Essential feedback from Jackton and our network of test riders innovates the next generation of Buffalo Bicycles. Your support helps entrepreneurs like Jackton access the strong, reliable transportation they need to develop and grow their businesses for years to come.

I really would like this bicycle to improve the whole world.
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15 YEARS GROWING BUSINESSES

2011

KENYA

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I really would like this bicycle to improve the whole world.

Mary

As a 22-year-old pregnant with her second child, caring for her family came first for Mary Mwanika. That’s what inspired her to become a mechanic for World Bicycle Relief in 2012—the first woman in her village to take on this role. Mary continues to break boundaries while building a brighter future for her children.

As bicycles provide a critical lifeline during this difficult time, quality maintenance and access to spare parts remain vital. Will you help mechanics like Mary receive the training and tools they need to safely keep people moving forward?

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2012

ZAMBIA

Charity

On a bustling day in the center of Harare, Zimbabwe, Charity Musendo walked into a Buffalo Bicycle retail shop, pulled out 160 ragged $1 bills from her pocket and bought her family a bicycle. She had traveled over 80 miles to do so.

Charity, a single mom, repeatedly fell victim to a cheap, faulty bike that broke down carrying goods from her family farm to the market for sale. When she saw her neighbor on a strong Buffalo Bicycle, she knew what she needed to do.

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2013

ZIMBABWE

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On a bustling day in the center of Harare, Zimbabwe, Charity Msendo walked into a Buffalo Bicycle retail shop, pulled out 160 ragged $1 bills from her pocket and bought her family a bicycle. She had traveled over 80 miles to do so.

Charity, a single mom, repeatedly fell victim to a cheap, faulty bike that broke down carrying goods from her family farm to the market for sale. When she saw her neighbor on a strong Buffalo Bicycle, she knew that’s what she needed. After six months of saving, she had enough for her bike and spare parts.

Pedaling out of the shop that day, Charity beamed, “Life has changed.” Four years later, Charity returned to buy two more bikes - another for her business and one for her son to reach school.

With your support, life can change for tens of thousands of entrepreneurs like Charity who access essential transportation through our Buffalo Bicycle shops, growing their businesses and local economies.

Life has changed.
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15 YRS EXPANDING ECONOMIES

2013

ZIMBABWE

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Life has changed.

Rebecca

Queen of Pain and long-time World Bicycle Relief supporter Rebecca Rusch embodies grit and tenacity. Her passion for girls’ education is matched only by her commitment to push the physical limits of what’s possible for a good cause. In 2016, Rebecca summited and descended Mt. Kilimanjaro by bike to help mobilize Kenyan girls. In this unprecedented year, she reimagined her Giddy Up Challenge and RPI gravel event to include virtual riders around the world, which both benefited World Bicycle Relief’s global communities in need.

Join us (virtually) and honor Rebecca at our free global celebration.

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2014

TANZANIA

Ayan

The first Muslim girl in her community to ride a bicycle, Ayan began building bridges with Christian students at her school in Eldoret, Kenya, through a shared love of cycling. “We saw that she was just like us,” said her Christian friend Kelly, who built a friendship with Ayan and other Muslim girls after they all received bikes and began riding together to school.

But students at Ayan’s alma mater, and across Kenya, need reliable bicycles now more than ever. As schools work to reopen safely, will you help build bridges for the next class of leaders like Ayan and her peers?

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2016

KENYA

Maggie

Maggie became pregnant at 16 years old. She married and was forced to drop out of school while her husband continued his studies. “I was not on the path I wanted and felt isolated,” says Maggie. “I considered suicide.”

Thankfully, this was not the end of Maggie's journey.

Watch the global premiere of Maggie’s powerful story and see how a bicycle propelled her comeback at our free virtual celebration.

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2017

Malawi

Citizen M

Hotelier citizenM founded its charity, citizenMovement, to shorten the distance between people and opportunities. A corporate partner that integrates World Bicycle Relief’s mission, citizenMovement has engaged staff and guests to raise more than £675k to date.

In 2019, citizenM provided 124 bicycles for students in Kafue, Zambia, on World Bicycle Day. Throughout this year’s global crisis, citizenM has given people a safe place to call home while continuing to mobilize communities that need it most.

Join us in honoring citizenM’s trailblazing work at our virtual global celebration.

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2018

UK

Alinesi

Hard-working. Compassionate. Business-minded. That’s how Alinesi Nepiyala, a dairy farmer and mother of five, describes herself.

“Timing is everything,” she says. “It’s crucial to get the milk to the cooling center before it goes bad.” Alinesi delivers milk daily at 6 am and 6 pm sharp with the help of her bicycle. Alinesi used to carry a 20-liter metal milk jug on her head, walking at least one hour each way. She often missed deliveries and suffered extreme pain.

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2018

MALAWI

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Hard-working. Compassionate. Business-minded. That’s how Alinesi Nepiyala, a dairy farmer and mother of five, describes herself.

“Timing is everything,” she says. “It’s crucial to get the milk to the cooling center before it goes bad.” Alinesi delivers milk daily at 6 am and 6 pm sharp with the help of her bicycle. Alinesi used to carry a 20-liter metal milk jug on her head, walking at least one hour each way. She often missed deliveries and suffered extreme pain.

“You also have to make sure the cows are fed or they won’t produce.” Now, with her extra time between milkings, Alinesi uses her bike to harvest the fields, make feed for the cows and sell dairy products at the market. She also delivers milk to community members who are sick or in need. “I give it to them freely,” she says.

The gift of a bicycle is the gift of time. You can give women like Alinesi the crucial time they need to grow their businesses and serve their communities.

Timing is everything. The bicycle has helped my business and saved me a lot of time."
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15 YEARS SERVING COMMUNITIES

2018

MALAWI

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Timing is everything. The bicycle has helped my business and saved me a lot of time."

Ruth

In 2019, Ruth Gatawa stepped into a Buffalo Bicycles retail shop in Mumbwa, Zambia, to buy spokes, a hub and a rim. Outside, she quickly laced the wheel. Impressed, the shop manager recommended she be hired as a bicycle assembler for World Bicycle Relief - the first woman in that position.

During this pandemic, Ruth, an essential worker, is working hard to provide safe and reliable transportation as bicycle use grows rapidly.

Your support today promotes gender equality and economic opportunity for hard-working assemblers like Ruth, and keeps communities moving forward.

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2019

ZAMBIA

Monica

Since COVID-19 struck, Monica Kaffie, a mother of five and a recent widow, has had the weight of her family’s future on her shoulders.

Monica works with a women’s collective that manages 10 bee apiaries and uses the profits to sustain her family. But Monica says carrying the bees’ heavy tanks of sugar solution on foot was increasingly hard - especially with COVID-related road closures. Renting a donkey or motorbike to complete her work was eating her income. But that all changed.

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2020

COLOMBIA

Monica

Since COVID-19 struck, Monica Kaffie, a mother of five and a recent widow, has had the weight of her family’s future on her shoulders.

Monica works with a women’s collective that manages 10 bee apiaries, and uses the profits to sustain her family. But Monica says carrying the bees’ heavy tanks of sugar solution on foot was increasingly hard - especially with COVID-related road closures. Renting a donkey or motorbike to complete her work was eating her income.

Monica also works in the fields, cares for her children and makes repairs to their home.

When Monica and her colleagues received Buffalo Bicycles this summer, she said, “With so many bicycles in our community, it gives life. Being able to count on my bicycle as a safe means of transport in the middle of this pandemic has made a great change for me. The bicycle has been my best ally.”

In these challenging times, reliable transportation is critical for mothers like Monica. Will you help families in need with a life-changing bicycle today?

The bicycle has been my best ally. It gives life.
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15 YEARS MEETING THE NEED

2020

COLOMBIA

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY

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The bicycle has been my best ally. It gives life.

Greenline Africa

This summer, fifty Jambezi Village health workers in Zimbabwe received Buffalo Bicycles through our partners, Greenline Africa to help provide COVID-19 prevention education and care for their local communities.

With bikes, health workers who frequently travel 15 km to reach clients, now provide regular household wellness visits and distribute soap and water for hygiene.

As the world strives to contain the latest spike of this pandemic, you can provide crucial bicycles for frontline COVID-19 health workers.

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2020

ZIMBABWE

Our global community of supporters are propelling people forward with life-changing bicycles. Join us and mobilize the next generation of communities in need. Your next 15 years of impact starts today!