World Bicycle Relief
A simple bicycle can change everything ...
World Bicycle Relief (WBR) is an international nonprofit organization mobilizing people through The Power of Bicycles. Bicycles are a simple and sustainable solution to bridge the transportation gap between needs and resources, empowering individuals and communities.
For many people in the developing world, walking is their primary mode of transportation. Add the challenge of distance and seemingly simple tasks of going to school, visiting the clinic, or delivering goods to market become difficult and sometimes impossible. With no choice but to walk, meeting everyday needs is a struggle against time and fatigue.
WBR envisions a world where distance is no longer a barrier to education, healthcare and economic opportunity. Therefore, they have designed the robust Buffalo Bicycle engineered specifically for rural terrain and load requirements. It is locally assembled, carries 100 kg on the back, it is easy to maintain and survives extreme conditions.
To date, WBR has distributed more than 400,000 bicycles to people in need across Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. For increased sustainability, the organization trains field mechanics to ensure access to maintenance and spare parts and create jobs.
Bicycles help students to cover long distances to school, to arrive in time and less tired. They improve educational outcomes and empower communities to thrive.
Bicycles enable healthcare workers to reduce their travel time so they see more patients. This increases the quality of care and the overall health of the community.
Bicycles provide greater carrying capacity enabling farmers and entrepreneurs to deliver more goods to market in less time.