Buffalo Bicycles trains local mechanics to service the Buffalo as part of our commitment to sustainable impact and local economic development. Having satisfied our basic selection criteria, Addon was selected by the Keri Bicycle Supervisory Committee (BSC) to attend mechanics training with World Bicycle Relief and earned his certification after completing the 10-day mechanic workshop successfully. The skills he acquired in the workshop transformed his mechanic business above and beyond servicing Buffalo Bicycles.
Addon is not the only bicycle mechanic in Keri, but his participation in the workshop has boosted his standing in the community. Prior to completing his certification, Addon used to repair an average of two bicycles per day. Now he repairs an average of 10 bicycles a day – a fivefold increase!
“There are days I am unable to fix all the bicycles that come to me for servicing in a day, and so I have to continue with them the following day,” he says. “After the training by World Bicycle Relief and Village Bicycle Project, I work faster and smarter. I used to spend almost a whole day on lacing one wheel. This was because I fixed each spoke one after the other. But I was taught a better strategy which makes it possible for me to fix multiple spokes very easily. I am now able to lace a wheel in less than one hour. This means more money to care for my family.”