Watch how our specially trained mechanics ensure that riders have ongoing access to local, quality maintenance and spare parts, while also building their own economic opportunities.
IF A BICYCLE CAN BE THAT USEFUL IN A PLACE WHERE THERE IS NO TRANSPORT, IT BECOMES USELESS IF THE BICYCLE YOU HAVE CAN ONLY LAST 90 DAYS.
One of only two female bike mechanics in a small community in Zimbabwe, Ngqabutho Nyati signed up for the mechanics training program to help children. “I like machines. And I am also a childcare worker who protects children from abuse. They feel safe with me.”
One day, a girl sought out Ngqabutho, bringing her bicycle for repair. “Why me when there are so many others?” she asked. The girl said Ngqabutho seemed friendly and kind. Soon after, the girl confided that she was being abused by her father and needed a place to stay. Ngqabutho took her in, making sure she got the clothes, medicine and help she needed.
World Bicycle Relief’s field mechanics are key to keeping Buffalo Bicycles rolling, but more importantly, they work alongside others in their communities to help one another thrive.
Bike mechanic and longtime World Bicycle Relief supporter Mike Spilker shares his ABCs of preventative bike maintenance to make sure your ride is running as smoothly as our Buffaloes!