globalbike's programs support women in rural Tanzania in increasing their incomes by 25-57% when they use a bike instead of walk on foot. Below, read about Upendo, Lea, and Nasharo who rent bicycles at globalbike programs to grow their small businesses and incomes.
Upendo, a single mother of three pictured here, rents a bike from Enaboishu's bike rental shop. She uses the bicycle to transport fabric to a market for sale. With a bicycle she has doubled her income in the last year, from $50 to $100 per month. She also uses a bicycle to travel to her family farm which reduces her travel time from 2 hours on foot to 30 minutes by bike.
Lea, a widow and mother of 4, rents a bicycle from Enaboishu's bike shop to transport milk and clothes for sale. Over the course of three years, she has grown her income five fold, from $10 to $50 per month. She also uses the bicycle to travel to her family farm. She can cut transportation time by 75%, from 2 hours to 30 minutes, when she bikes instead of walks.
Nasharo, a farmer and mother, uses a rental bike to travel to her family farm and to sell vegetables and soap throughout her village. Over the course of three years, she was able to raise her income by 70% from $135 to $230 per month.