Mobilized Communities
Imagine a community with thousands of people mobilized to pedal their way out of poverty and into a brighter future.

The catalyst for rural empowerment

Since 2005, World Bicycle Relief has collaborated with thousands of communities to connect hard-working rural women, men, girls, and boys with the services and opportunities they need to thrive. Women, in particular, face significant cultural barriers to accessing education, healthcare and employment. That’s why World Bicycle Relief’s approach prioritizes women and girls, aiming for 70% of participants receiving our bicycles to be female.

Fifteen years of learnings and insights have evolved our programming to a holistic, multi-year approach in defined geographies, with community-led programming encompassing education, healthcare, livelihoods and conservation.

This Mobilized Communities model promotes long-term bicycle use through a sustainable bicycle eco-system with our assembly and distribution facilities, spare parts supply chain, trained local mechanics and social enterprise retail outlets supporting community-led and managed programming. 

We partner with communities that create change at scale by utilizing community mobility needs assessments, bicycle supervisory committees, service-to-own contracts and strategic partnerships.

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Currently, Mobilized Communities programs are underway in six locations: Cordoba, Colombia; Siaya, Kenya; Kasungu, Malawi; Mumbwa, Zambia; Chiredzi, Zimbabwe; and Hwange, Zimbabwe.

Communities on the Move
See how the community of Hwange, Zimbabwe, is changing their world with bicycles.

COMMUNITY-POWERED APPROACH

At every step of our holistic, community-based approach, people are coming together to help power participants forward to sustainable success.

 

“We share experiences, skills, and knowledge. We share challenges, successes, and find solutions to the challenges.”  – Bicycle Supervisory Committee Member

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Thriving in a mobilized community

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World Bicycle Relief partners with governments, businesses, and NGOs working in health, education, conservation and livelihoods to magnify their impact. Interested in learning more about how you can partner with World Bicycle Relief to mobilize a community? 

Communities On The Move

Hwange

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Hwange

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Children's Village

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Children's Village

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Palabana

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Palabana

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