Mozambikes is a social enterprise that aims to help low-income Mozambicans access high-quality bicycles
Mozambikes sells branded bicycles that promote company brands, projects and important social messages. Bicycle components are imported for local assembly and then branded the colours and logos of organisations. These bicycles are either purchased by the branding customer to distribute to their employees, customers and communities, or pay to advertise on the bicycles allowing Mozambikes to sell them to consumers at below-market rates.
Mozambikes also regularly trains technicians in rural communities to build new skills and help bring better bicycle care to rural areas and it has initiatives to improve the safety and conditions for cyclists in Mozambique.
Mozambikes is the primary distributor.
~36 USD (999 Meticais)
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Low-income individuals needing to travel considerable distances with a lack of mobility options.
The bicycles are assembled by hand in Mozambique from imported parts. Branding materials and paints are from local suppliers and the frame, fork and steel fender are painted at their factory in Txumene.
The bicycles are either purchased by the branding customer to distribute to their employees, customers and communities, or Mozambikes sells the bicycles at reduced rates into rural markets.
The number of people that can fit within product [Persons]
The ratio between the rates at which the last and first gears rotate
Each bike weighs ~15 kg, with the option of a front basket or luggage carrier. The frame has a diagonal top tube to allow users to ride more comfortably. The seat and handlebars are adjustable and the alloy handlebars with rubber grips provide comfort and rust protection. Re-inforced, wider tires increase durability and aluminium rims keep the wheels lightweight.
Diagram from Mozambikes maintenance manual:
Technical support is provided by the manufacturer. Mozambikes regularly trains technicians in rural communities and as of 2020, they have over 50 community technicians, the majority of which are women.
Bicycles are imported from China. Certain components may be available locally for replacement.
To provide riders with better access to education, goods, and services and help lift them out of poverty.
Mozambikes estimates that their bicycles can increase daily incomes for those living below the poverty line by a 3x multiple and therefore can help to increase the overall GNI by 10%, however, no third-party testing has been completed.
No third-party organizations, only testing performed by the designer.
The manufacturer also has initiatives to create a biking ecosystem, including bicycle lanes on busy roads, promoting road and bicycle safety campaigns.
It is possible for a cart to be attached to the bicycle to transport goods.
The manufacturer cites income-savings, job creation and equal opportunities for women as evaluation criteria.
Mozambikes Youtube channel can be found here.
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