In Africa, a Bicycle can Make all the Difference 

As of July 2014:

  • 85,000 donated used bikes shipped to Africa since 1999
  • 14,500 students taught bike repair skills in Ghana and Sierra Leone
  • 50,000 bike tools distributed in 14 African countries

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Bikes provide power and opportunity, allowing people to lift themselves from poverty.  Riding a bike is four times faster than walking, the only choice for millions of Africans. People with bikes get to schools, markets, farms and health care in one-fourth the time, improving their lives and economic futures.

 Our successful program supplies bikes, spare parts and tools. We also train owners in basic bike maintenance and repair. We work with bicycle mechanics in their villages to improve their tools, their skills; their ability to repair and maintain their customers' bikes. We empower whole communities by including women and girls in bicycle education. These components work together to nurture the use of bikes. Improved mobility is a key to reducing poverty. In Africa, a bicycle can take a person from poverty to prosperity.

 Village Bicycle Project relies on hundreds of volunteers worldwide, with very limited administrative expenses. Over 12,000 volunteer hours are donated each year across the USA, Canada, England, Ghana and Sierra Leone.

Here's a two minute video about us: 'Keep on Rolling' Cadbury's Bicycle Factory talks to Village Bicycle Project

Learn to Ride Programs
in Sierra Leone

Check out our new video!

VBP's Learn to Ride program for school girls is expanding and thriving! Read the full story here.

Check out our new video showing kids in Sierra Leone learning to ride. Many thanks to summer intern Erin Eckerman for filming and editing this video on YouTube!

Cargo Racks Add Utility to
VBP Bikes

VBP introduced cargo racks in Ghana, like the one pictured, carrying 40 liters of water that this farmer used to carry by hand from the well to his fields. A local welder produces the carriers at a price affordable in the local villages. The racks are offered for 5 cedis ($3.125) at our programs and make bikes even more useful. We know how important cargo capability is to bicycles in northern Ghana.


Have a look at our Ghana Workshop Map!