Bicycle Empowerment Network Namibia

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006
By Yokota Fritz

Bicycling Empowerment Network Namibia (BEN Namibia) works to empower disadvantaged Namibians through access to affordable transport. They do this primarily through bicycle distribution, importing donated second hand bikes, parts and accessories from overseas charities, refurbishing them by employing and training local people in bike mechanics. These bikes are sold at affordable prices from the capital, Windhoek, and through a growing network of shops in regional Namibia.

They've also started bicycling advocacy by noting that bicycle promotion can work to alleviate traffic congestion, working with the Windhoek city council to promote facilities and integrating cycling into public transit.

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Disability economic empowerment project
what is your relationship with the disability economic empowerment project
In partnership with Bicycles for Humanity and with funding from the Embassy of France we delivered a Bicycle Empowerment Centre to the Disability economic empowerment project (DEEP). The project includes provision of a shipping container filled with donated bikes, spare parts and tools, training in mechanics and project management, and ongoing support.
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