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[Ambassador report] Eco-friendly Mobility

by Charles Tortoe | 20-01-2021 18:37 Comments 4 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



 In Ghana a social entrepreneur named Bernice Dapaah launched Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative as a way to create local jobs and promote low-carbon transport. More than half of its employees are women and for every bike sold, one is given to a schoolchild to help that child save time getting to school. Madam Bernice Dapaah calls bamboo “a miracle plant”, because it grows so fast and absorbs carbon. But it can also work wonders for children’s education and women’s employment – as she’s discovered.

Cycling is well known as being a low-carbon form of transport – but Dapaah is making it even more sustainable. For every bamboo plant that is cut down to make a bike, Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative plants 10 more. Bamboo is stronger than steel in terms of tensile strength and is a cheaper, more sustainable material. It also takes less electricity to make a bamboo bike than a metal one. And the frame is completely recyclable. The reason she uses bamboo to manufacture bicycles is because it’s found abundantly in Ghana and this is not a material she imports. It’s a new innovation in Ghana. Besides encouraging Ghanaians to swap vehicles for affordable bikes, the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative is helping students save time on walking to school so they have more time to learn.

To date, they have sold more than 3,000 road, mountain and children’s bikes – and Dapaah says they plan to donate 10,000 bikes to schoolchildren over five years.

The enterprise is also providing local jobs. It teaches young people to build bikes, particularly women and those in rural communities, where jobs can be scarce. More than 50% of people they have trained are women.

Dapaah says they want to boost the number of people they employ to 250 over the next five years and they are looking to partner with NGOs to build a childcare facility so mothers can continue to work. By promoting a cycling culture in Ghana, Dapaah says they’re also committed to reducing emissions in the transport sector and contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Bamboo Bicycle Ghana

4 Comments

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings charles
    I hope you are doing well
    Thank you so much for this report
    Keep writing
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 13-02-2021 14:28

SJ Mentor

  • SJ Mentor says :
    Hello Charles!
    It's your SJ mentor.

    Warm greetings from Korea!
    Thank you for writing a report that introduces Bamboo Bikes Initiative
    I also heard about bamboo bike through news articles.
    I think it is a good example of true sustainable development that makes things using local materials and provides jobs to local residents.
    Bamboo is strong and empty inside, so it is light and excellent as a material for the body of a bicycle.
    In Korea, interest in bamboo straws replacing plastic is increasing.
    I hope to live an eco-friendly life by increasing the use of natural materials.

    Keep writing!

    Best regards,
    SJ mentor.

    Posted 25-01-2021 07:21

Mun WooJooMentor

  • Mun WooJooMentor says :
    Hello Charles,
    this is your mentor WooJoo.

    Welcome back! :)
    Thank you for sharing your report regarding the eco-friendly mobility in Ghana.
    I think I've heard about the bamboo bicycles made in your country, and I think it is amazing!
    Yet it is the first time that I get to know that for one sold, one is given to a student, which will make their way to school faster and safer.
    When I heard about it, I was worried about deforestation and consisten supply of bamboo trees, but I am glad that they are trying to plant more of them.
    More durable, eco-friendly mobilities are always welcomed.
    What Dapaah is planning is amazing, and hopefully more people are given a position to afford as well.
    Did you have any chance to ride one, or have you seen people riding it? Tell us your thoughts!

    Keep sharing

    Regards,
    WooJoo
    Posted 23-01-2021 22:46

Shobha Pokhrel

  • Shobha Pokhrel says :
    Wow Great initiation .
    Keep Going
    Posted 20-01-2021 19:52

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