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Funding for sending a 40ft container of used bicycles to Africa or Latin-America

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Cyclo Nord-Sud

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

Cyclo Nord-Sud collects used bicycles (as well as bike parts, tools and accessories) and ships them to poor communities in the developing world. This way we help poor people by providing a means of transportation and a tool for generating income.
We also promote sustainable development based on respect for the biosphere and its inhabitants.

Our Bike Project helps communities in the 4 following ways:

Social justice: Support for greater equality by providing women with the means to help their mobility and jobs, and further community development.

Autonomy: Acting to promote the autonomy of individuals and communities, by transferring resources and skills that facilitate active participation in community development and improve the quality of life.

Citizen and Collective Engagement: An approach seeking to mobilize citizens and communities around concrete actions of benefit to society as a whole, socially and environmentally.

Sustainable Development: A desire to seek concrete and realistic solutions responding to community needs and having positive environmental, social and economic impacts.

What is your project and how will it help?

The Bike Project

We ship our bikes in 40ft High Cube containers to partner organizations in West Africa, Latin-America and the Caribbean. These organizations will repair and distribute the bikes in rural areas where there is a considerably lack of mobility.
In Quebec, nearly 600,000 bikes are sold annually and have an average lifespan of 5.5 years before they are abandoned. Yet they are still usable. Cyclo Nord-Sud diverts thousands of bicycles from landfill.
Giving a bike is a solid contribution to converting unused resources in the North to valuable assets for people in the South!

The Benefits of the Bike Project

We think that bicycles are a good tool for social and economic development.
• In the South, a bike can serve from five to ten people in addition to its buyer
• In the South, a bicycle is transportation for work, school, or the market (Useful to sell farm products, offer delivery services, have shuttles to health care services, etc)
• In the South, mobility is crucial to people as it enables them to improve their personal productivity (This can make the difference between poverty and a decent standard of living!)
• Bikes are environmentally friendly, efficient, cheap, easily maintained and have a lifespan of over 20 years!
• Bikes can carry more than ten times their weight and run on muscle power rather than fuel
• Bikes adapt to unpaved trails (often the only option in rural communities in less-developed countries!)

How can other people partner with you on your project?

People and businesses can partner with Cyclo Nord-Sud by:

- Funding shipments
- Logistic support in the Southern countries where our southern partners are
- Lending/donating containers that could be used as a warehouse for the bikes
- Customs and merchandise releasing support
- Donation of tools, bikes, and bikes parts
- Administration coaching for our partners
- Micro-credit system coaching
- Bicycle mechanics training
- Projects monitoring and evaluation

Please detail the resources that you need.

The resources needed for one container of 400 bicycles are:

• US$ 5000 for the maritime transportation of the container for a partner in the South.
• US$ 1500 for furnishing the bike shop in the South.
• US$ 1000 for buying bikes parts.
• Donation of one container for building a bike shop or stocking the bicycles.

Further information

Contact details

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Partnership types

Project funding; Provision of services / personnel; Provision of goods

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Ghana; Sierra Leone; Togo Americas: Cuba; El Salvador; Haiti; Nicaragua

Global issues

Community development; Education and training; Job creation and enterprise development; all (7)


  • Contact details exchanged
    10 Aug 2013 12:09 GMT

    Human Development International
    Unverified non-profit organisation

    Charles Mokaya says: Kindly send me more information, because we would like to collaborate with you in this.

  • Contact details exchanged
    27 Nov 2016 05:37 GMT

    Care Community Education Centre(CCEDUC)
    Unverified non-profit organisation

    Ajaga Buran Innocent says: Care Community Education Centre (CCEDUC)/ Child Development is a local NGO based in Yumbe District. The NGO has a member of 18 people comprised of 10 females and 8 males. The NGO is currently supporting 29 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC’S )in Yumbe District Northern Uganda from the local contributions.
    The association has registered 500 ovcs but targeted only 120 OVCs due to finance constrains. The NGO has planned to train 200 widows /parents in income generating activities for sustainability purpose. Yumbe district has population of 589,500 people comprised of 306,100 males and 283,400 females. The district has limited land which is 2411sqkm.kindly we are requesting for bicycles as means of transport to help us monitor the progress of the organisation and donation of tools for income generation. Here is our website;