Quelimane, also known as the city of bikes in Mozambique, is the capital of the province of Zambézia, in the center of Mozambique. Illiteracy, unemployment and crime are some of the major problems affecting young people.
The Provincial Directorate for Agriculture and Food Safety-DPASA is the organ that ensures the implementation of agrarian activity in the province of Sofala, to whom they provide technical assistance. There is a network of 900 peasants of which 275 simultaneously play the role promoters (they ensure animal vaccinations in the communities).
The community of Mudada is composed of several women’s who worked daily with livestock, agriculture, poultry production, craftwork and run a small school where they prepare the little ones for primary school. Most of them live in houses with no energy or water and they travel long distances to collect water that are used for food and hygiene.
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.
The Community Association for the Development of the Woman of Tsalala (AMTSALA) is located in the Matola district, in the administrative post of the city, in the neighborhood Tsalala. It was established in 2003 and legalized in February 2006 and is a Non Profit organization. The mission of the association is to help orphans (children), widows and single women living in extreme difficult situations.
Vumbuluka is a community association created in 2004 in Maputo. The group currently has a universe of 37 young people trained in different areas such as: theater, singing, dancing, painting, Sewing, Electricity. Young people play the most varied roles, monitors, trainers and activists of the group who struggle to instill the values of the association in about 250 young people and children, orphans and homeless, mostly female.
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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