Bicycles Against Poverty sells bicycles to members of rural communities in northern Uganda to help them access school, markets and water.
When forced to walk miles to access clean water, communities necessarily have less time and income to spend on other aspects of life, including essentials such as education and healthcare. Bicycles Against Poverty seeks to improve the standards of living for the many citizens of northern, rural Uganda by providing them with the means to more swiftly access important resources. The organization does this by providing bicycles on a lease-to-own basis.
Paid in installments, the year-long lease is paid monthly. The total cost of a bicycle is USD 100, which covers the cost of the bicycle with a small mark-up to help cover the organization’s running costs. Character references are required for a loan, and the strength of an applicant’s community group is observed as part of the application process. The organization sees bicycles as a route to freedom, empowerment and opportunity, whether for schoolchildren or adults now able to reach markets closer to urban centers where goods sell for a higher price.
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