Bwindi Bicycle Enterprise Shipment
Bwindi Women Bicycle Enterprise Receives Shipment from Australia
UGANDA | The Bwindi Women Bicycle Enterprise in Uganda recently received their third shipping container of bikes! A collective effort between A&K Australia, AKP, and the Western Australian Chapter of Bicycles for Humanity, the shipment was filled with 433 bikes and other useful items for the shop, including helmets, bicycle parts, and much-needed tools.
In 2017, AKP decided to deepen our engagement with our partner community in Uganda by opening a new bike shop near the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – an area that addresses the critical need for human-gorilla-conflict management. With the oversight of Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp staff and the guidance of our community partners at Bwindi Community Hospital, AKP has supported the Bwindi Women Bicycle Enterprise by providing the shipment of containers and two months of bike mechanic training for the women chosen to run the new shop.
The shop has provided the women with the opportunity to earn additional sources of income while also allowing vital transportation within the community. The bike shop also serves as social initiative, with a portion of the profits set aside to be used in charitable initiatives in the community, such as investments in local healthcare and education.