"As a kid I had a dream - I wanted to own my own bicycle"
"Quando era criança tinha o sonho de ter uma
Casa do Gaiato is a private social institution founded by Pai Americo in 1940. In Mozambique Casa do Gaiato is located in Maputo province, specifically in Boane district, approximately 60km from Maputo city.
Michangulene is located in Changalene Administrative Post in Maputo Province. It has over two thousand inhabitants divided into two neighborhoods, Michangulene Sede and Mafavuca, and in these neighborhoods there is no electric current because the houses are far from the road where there is the source for the electric current.
The Sacatucua Association, based in Caia district was founded in 2003 and develops activities such as community awareness in the area of HIV and associated pathologies, counseling couples, youth and adolescents to ATS (Counseling and Testing in Health), family planning, male circumcision and support to vulnerable groups like orphans and children, adolescents and widows.
The village of Michangulene is located in the administrative post of Changalene, in Maputo Province. It has more than two thousand inhabitants divided into two districts, Michangulene Sede and Mafavuca and in these neighborhoods there is no electric power since the house are far from the road where electric power boxes that distribute the power are located.
Created in 2005, AIDGLOBAL – Action and Integration for the Global Development is a non-governmental and a non-profit organization. In Mozambique, this organization is dedicated to the promotion of the access to books and the fight against illiteracy scope, mainly in the District of Chibuto.
The Associação Juvenil para o Desenvolvimento Comunitário, in the city of Beira located in the Sofala Province and aims to help the surrounding communities supporting Mozambican children increasing the level of knowledge, in the areas of preschool education, sexual and reproductive health and sanitation.
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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