Our Innovative Model
World Bicycle Relief combines impactful nonprofit programs with social enterprise sales to meet the pressing need for reliable transportation in developing countries.

PROVIDING THE POWER OF BICYCLES

World Bicycle Relief works with our partners to create long-lasting, sustainable change and break the cycle of poverty in the communities where we work. Our philanthropic programs provide specially designed, locally assembled Buffalo Bicycles for students, health workers and entrepreneurs. Funds from our global supporters enable innovative programming, delivery of our bicycles to those in need, and constant evaluation of our impact in the field.

MARKET DEMAND FOR MORE

When people in the communities we serve saw the strength and durability of our rugged bicycles, the local demand for high-quality transportation grew exponentially. In 2008, World Bicycle Relief formed Buffalo Bicycles Ltd., a wholly-owned for-profit subsidiary, to sell our bicycles to nonprofits, businesses, local governments and individuals to meet this increasing market demand.

OUR SUSTAINABLE APPROACH

Our unique model relies on local assembly teams, field mechanics and distribution facilities. Buffalo Bicycle shops create access to affordable spare parts that keep our bikes rolling. In turn, this creates jobs in the same economies and communities where we distribute bicycles to those who need them most. Partnering with community members to supervise our bicycle programs provides direct feedback from riders and ensures the long-term impact of our work.    

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MEASURING OUR IMPACT

Since our inception, World Bicycle Relief has been committed to monitoring, evaluating and generating learning about our programs. Rigorous data collection and analysis helps us uncover the efficacy of bicycles in effectively fighting poverty, improving academic attendance and performance, and changing healthcare outcomes.

The more we learn, the more we can drive sustainable change and break the cycle of poverty in developing countries.

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Support for our Model 

Lippman Family Foundation Award

Fast Company – Most Innovative Award 

Bertha and Carl Benz Prize for Mobility

Schwab Family Foundation Grant 

WORLD BICYCLE RELIEF IS A REMINDER THAT THERE ARE WAYS TO HELP PEOPLE HELP THEMSELVES, AND THAT PROBLEMS CAN HAVE SOLUTIONS.

Nicholas Kristof
New York Times
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