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What use is a bicycle to a farmer? Don’t they need tractors? Phil Latz discovered the value of bicycles at a dairy farmers’ cooperative.

During April/May 2008 I spent a week in Zambia, studying the operations of World Bicycle Relief. In case you are not familiar with it, World Bicycle Relief provides bicycles to people in need in disaster relief and poverty assistance situations in order to increase access to healthcare, education and economic development opportunities.

It was founded by Frederick ‘F.K.’ Day and his wife Leah Missbach Day in 2005. F.K. is one of the co-founders and owners of SRAM, the bicycle component company, and has now left his role as head of product development to work full time on World Bicycle Relief.

After distributing more than 24,000 bicycles to Tsunami victims in Sri Lanka, World Bicycle Relief turned its attention to Zambia, a landlocked country in southern Africa. Their program there includes distributing 23,000 bicycles to volunteer, community-based HIV/AIDS healthcare volunteers, disease prevention educators and vulnerable households. (more…)

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