How ?

By becoming a Bike-o-naute, you can help buy bikes for children in Mali.

We believe education is the basis of all progress. Our objectives are therefore simple: we want to help educate children and improve the regional economy.
Our goal is to provide 500 bikes to children and families by the beginning of the academic school year in September 2011. We hope that this distribution of bikes in isolated areas will establish the foundation for a future economy. Technical skills necessary for maintenance will be identified, since our goal is to train key individuals and transfer management to the local level. Your contributions are necessary to help take Biket Initiative to the next level.

Our next target date is September 2012:
Our goal is to have at least the same amount of bikes available for distribution, as well as double the number of participating communities. These first two steps rely on buying bikes in bulk and on-site bicycle maintenance training for key individuals. The following step would be to manufacture and assemble bike frames on site. We have discussed this final step with education leaders in Mopti and the possibility of creating a major in mechanics to oversee and expedite the assembly.

Today, our plan is to contribute to the goals of the Malian government for education and improvement in the quality of life. By reducing travel time, Biket Initiative can ensure future access to schools. In addition to giving children a reliable form of transportation to get to school, the bikes will also provide each community with access to water sources and medical care.

Tomorrow, so that this project can be sustainable, Biket Initiative will concentrate on developing a structure of micro-credit to finance the expansion of mechanical workshops that use bicycles for the local economy.