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JonMol Bicycle Services - Mike's Bikes Sister Shop in Botswana
As part of the company's
vision that bikes have the power to change the world, Mike's Bikes made
it their mission to create and fully fund a start-up bicycle store for
Bones in Gabarone, Botswana, and to educate him on how to sell and
service bicycles, and how to run a successful business. Ken and Matt
believed this to be the best way to make an impact on the community
that was not only self-sustaining, but would actually grow organically
and spread the use of the bicycle as reliable, affordable
transportation in Gabarone as time went on.
In this unique model, the
donated bikes are given by Mike's Bikes to the Sister Shop at no
charge, who then sells them for a fair price to the local community.
The proceeds generated by this first wave of sales are then reinvested
by the Sister Shop into purchasing the second round of inventory, and a
self-sustaining constant supply of bicycles and spare parts is created,
along with local technical knowledge to keep the bikes running well.
In a recent email
conversation, Bones reported that business at JonMol Bicycle Services
is doing very well and improving every day. "Many people seem to fall
for the idea of bicycling," reports Bones. Everyone at Mike's Bikes
couldn't be more thrilled to hear those words.
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First Wave of Bikes for Jonmol Bicycle Services
Our initial bike purchase (from Namibia's Bicycle Empowerment Network) got Bones' shop rolling while he awaited the container of bikes from our Africa Bike Drive.
Africa Bike Drive
Thanks to everyone that helped with our bike drive for Africa! The final tally is in: 406 bikes, plus basic shop supplies, wheels, tires, and dozens and dozens of racks and baskets that were removed from the bikes. The pictures don't do justice to how tight these bikes are shoehorned in there - every available air pocket is filled with something. Nothing short of a smashing success so far!