We have Matteo from Italy coming to help make his bamboo frame to ride from Lusaka to London, over 12,000 kms.
Another thing…did you know each Bamboo bike takes over 4 months to make? We cut the bamboo in a day, soak it in solution for 2 days. We dry the bamboo for 2-3 months to ensure excess moisture content is out of it. It then takes 40-50 hours to glue, sand, wrap and paint. Because of your support and purchases we are able to employ over 15 people making bamboo frames! When unemployment is over 50% like it is in Zambia, that is a HUGE deal!
Things here in Los Angeles are going great! We have all 140 of our ambulance frames welded up, and we are deep into the process of bending all of the hoops that will be used for our canopies, and we have lots of little projects to do to finish up production.
The guys are doing awesome, and its very exciting to watch them grow in their welding skills, as well as their confidence. Every morning we meet together and talk about whatever is on our hearts, some mornings its a walk through of the old testament of the bible, and some times its about taxes or our legal system. It is such a blessing to be able to sit down and build relationships with these guys, while helping them help people less fortunate than they are!
We had the opportunity to display the ambulance last weekend at Willow Creek church in the Chicago area, and the response was great. 18,000 people came through and were able to ask questions and hear about what Zambikes is doing. We even met several people who had seen our ambulances and bicycles in use in Zambia!
We are nearing the end of this project, and expect to be pretty busy the next couple of weeks. But God is good and we are excited to send these ambulances off, and watch them start to change peoples lives in The Congo.
Zambikes is doing great! we are exporting bikes to Japan, Canada, USA, united Kingdom, German and Finland. Just this week past week we delivered 25 Zambulance trailers to Sharing lives and we have employed 10 more workers. Pictures will be posted soon!
There is a new member of staff by the name of Margaret Mwaanga, she joined the Zambikes Company in January , 2012 and is working as an Accounts Clerk.
A 20 year old Margaret is also pursuing a course in Business Administration (Diploma) under the sponsorship of Zambikes Company, according to her, she says the course is going on well and she looks forward to every lecture she attends because she gets to learn new things about the Business world, and how to handle and run a Business this will help her to reach the goals of Zambikes and intern make herself a professional out of the course.
Margret enjoys socialising with people whenever she gets the chance, she believes that it is through different people that we get to learn and share ideas from, she also enjoys music (gospel in particular), watching cartoons and comedy especially Black American Comedy, she enjoys swimming, the cold water helps her relax.
“Zambikes not only building bikes but changing lives”
A WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR ZAMBIKES
Happy New Year to all our partners and esteemed clients, we wish you a prosperous 2012 and good health too. We cannot afford to keep silent but thank you for participating in the Vision Zambikes pursues, Not only building bikes but also changing lives.
To Akrefa words do not suffice, you have gone out of your way to ensure things work even in the most difficult times, all i can say is “May God richly bless you in all you endeavor to do”. The Zambikes team is in high spirit and ready to change more lives including our very own, we are also excited that Zambikes will this March launch yet another Zambian brand “The Mukango Bike” meaning Lion.
Last year had its many challenges but we are still hear today, when we move around the streets of Lusaka and every other part of Zambia our yellow brand stands out.
What a joy it is and not to mention the beautiful natural bamboo frames which continue to come out the production line meant for our Honorable clients around the world.
2012 is our year and we want to ensure the best quality goods and services are provided to our partners, clients and friends, we are growing into new dimensions with the help of all the advice we have received from those that have faith in what we are doing, that is the glory that we will ride on and ensure you all get the feedback you need in this awesome season.
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Before you think we have gone completely bonkers this is exactly what Zambikes have been doing since 2007, in an effort to develop employment opportunities and a useful product for Zambians. This Zambian Company is making a name for itself producing bikes from bamboo. A natural product strong enough to substitute metal and at the same time light, with amazing shock absorption properties guaranteeing comfort. It is also eye-catching and being one of the worlds fastest growing woody plants, an ideal material for creating performance bikes. We all know how well bamboo grows in our Zambian climate, but who’d have thought it would make a good bike? One has to marvel at the human minds ingenuity.
Bamboo Bikes made in Zambia
The driving force behind Zambikes is to provide a means of changing lives by giving Zambians practical skills, work and an income. Under the leadership of two Zambians and two Americans, a team of crafty Zambian bike-builders create standard cargo and mountain bikes, plus all sorts of innovative designs including a Zambulance (designed to meet specific medical needs and now in use at a number of clinics) and a Zamcart (designed with the farming community in mind and capable of carrying up to 250kgs). These Zambian-made bikes as well as being available locally, are also selling in the USA where they are going down a storm.
The bamboo used for the bikes is locally grown. It takes three years before it is strong enough to be harvested, cured and dried. The labour intensive frame assembly takes a week of hard graft but the finished product is a bike tough enough for Zambian terrain, and with adequate care and attention, will last up to ten years. Incredible for a bike that is technically made of grass!
Innovative designs including a "Zambulance" and a "Zamcart"
So will bamboo become the future for the bike building industry as we look for sustainable ways to live? Certainly, in countries like Zambia where the raw material grows so rampantly, it makes perfect sense. I don’t know about you, but I am certainly intrigued to take a spin on a Zambike.
Thanks for Changing lives with Zambikes!!
what if HItler would have seen one of our bamboo fixies?!
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