Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Philanthropic Cycle Chic: Part 3

Zambikes makes a bicycle trailer that organizations and individuals within the country have outfitted to serve as ambulances.
The zambulance.
The incredible machine pictured above isn't for sale outside of Zambia. It is one of the good works produced from the proceeds of the sales of Zambikes' bamboo mountain and road bikes. The Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Malaria Consortium has distributed fifty "zambulances" itself, while Zambikes' efforts have placed another 900 bikes throughout the country. They train people to become bike mechanics and started a social ministry last year to train deaf and mute people to become bike mechanics. They also expanded into Uganda and plan to develop their social enterprise there through the end of this year. On their donation page, they've announced plans to begin distribution to South Sudan and fund twenty-five zambulances there. They also need help with their stalled project in the Democratic Republic of Congo; the zambulances are on the ground, but the means of distributing them to 120 villages in need have dried up.

UBB pannier

UBB handlebar bag

Both United By Blue bike bags are made of 100% organic canvas and come with a year guarantee. With the purchase of each UBB product, you help support the company remove one pound of trash from the world's oceans and waterways. They've also virtually eliminated plastic from their production process so they're doing their part to keep plastic out of the environment in the first place.

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