In Matutuine district, in a place called Mudada, 16 women, between the ages of 23 and 39, work daily in the production of handicrafts, making real "works of art" from seeds that they collect on the banks of the Maputo River.
This great initiative known as Casa do Gaiato, was founded by Padre Américo (Américo Monteiro de Aguiar) in 1940 and aims to welcome, educate and integrate into society, children and young people who, for whatever reason, have no family or don´t have anyone that takes care of them.
Fundação Encontro is a Mozambican non-profit organization of public interest, that works with the Communities of the Districts of Boane (Massaca and Mahanhane) and Namaacha (Mahelane, Changalane, Ndividuane), in the South of Mozambique.
Matibane is a community in the Administrative Post of Anchilo in the Northern Province of Namaacha. Matibane is located 40km from Nampula City, but is largely rural with the majority of the population living in a situation of extreme poverty, surviving on family subsistence farming activities.
The community of Teacane, in the Province of Nampula in Northern Mozambique, is located 16km from the main city and connected only by one dirt road.
The community of Makassa is located in the Rapale District of Northern Mozambique, nearly 13km from the city of Nampula. To arrive at the village, you must walk 7km from the main road along a dirt path.
Lauren and Rui dreamed up Mozambikes while on a road trip throughout Mozambique. They were struck with the unavailability of quality bicycles and challenges to accessing a bicycle at all. They had both moved to Mozambique in 2008 on short term projects, only to fall in love with the country and its people. When they devised the model for Mozambikes, they knew they had a powerful model for change and threw themselves into the challenge of building a business, mass distributing quality bicycles and fighting poverty.
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