July 2014 Newsletter
Find out about our first project with Namibia’s San people, our new partner shop in Luderitz, and how bikes are helping Himba women in our July 2014 newsletter.
First bike shops in Madagascar and Kenya
BEN Namibia’s successful community bicycle shop model has grown to 32 outlets here, and is now being adopted in new countries. We’re happy to report that with our support, our partners Transaid have delivered the first two new bike shop projects in Madagascar, after team members toured Namibia to learn from our experiences.
BEN Namibia’s Michael Linke has visited Madagascar three times to advise on delivering bicycles to healthcare volunteers and the establishment of bicycle shops. The delivery of the first two shops is a significant milestone, and there are already plans for more, which will be run by healthcare volunteers.
A second visit to Kenya in August will help our local partner, Wheels of Africa, to develop their own network of partner bicycle shops, with the first project having opened recently in the Kibera slum.
Recognition from Financial Times
BEN Namibia has been ‘highly commended’ in the Financial Times’ Urban Ingenuity Awards, announced in New York. The awards recognise excellence in providing solutions for urban issues, and received entries from 44 countries. We were proud to share the stage with the overall winner, Sanergy, another African entrant.