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Worldbike designs and distributes low-cost bicycles for programs that increase economic opportunity, improve health outcomes and boost enrollment and gender equity in secondary school among the rural poor. Their bikes withstand large loads, rough terrain and inclement weather, just like Reuben’s bike on our tour. They are configured to be not only affordable, but also maintained and repaired locally. Through partnership with international and local agencies, private companies, foundations and NGOs, Worldbike helps arrange microcredit financing for bike purchases and supplement sales with support from funders and private donors.
The right kind of bicycle is an ideal low-cost, efficient and sustainable development tool for the rural poor.
Rural families with enough money to buy bikes use them the same way we use trucks and school buses. Unfortunately, most bikes that are locally available are ill suited for carrying loads and don’t withstand the harsh conditions of their use. Before long, they break down and require repair (which can be costly) or are abandoned.
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The high cost of transport increases a rural farmer’s price of fertilizer and seed (farm inputs), depresses market prices for crops and livestock (outputs) and lowers overall agricultural productivity. By reducing costs and boosting productivity, cargo bikes increase rural incomes and create jobs.
Accessing medical care in rural parts of developing countries is costly in time, energy and money. Bikes are cost-efficient ways to bring services to people and people to services. Better access to these services has shown to improve maternal health and reduce infant mortality in rural areas.
Parents who hold their daughters back from secondary school commonly raise concerns about safety risks of long journeys on foot and increased time away from home. Bikes cut travel time and safety risks, boosting school enrollment among girls and allowing more time for daily household chores.
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