Wilburforce Menya, Uganda, 65 years
"I am a Boda Operator from Uganda - Boda means bicycle. It enables me to earn some money for my family. I transport loads for clients through Jinja and its surrounding at Lake Victoria. Therefore I have been cycling since 1975. I know how to repair my bike but from time to time I have to buy spare parts. I could not afford a new bike."
The bicycle is often a key tool for low income earners in rural areas like for Wilbuforce Menya but also for farmers to access markets. Because of the high prices they often cannot afford to buy a new bicycle. Instead of that the old one is repaired consistently.
Organizations like FABIO give bicycles on credit to employees. In case they cannot afford the full price, FABIO offers a sponsorship depending on the particular financial situation of the beneficiaries. Bicycle Microcredit Projects like this help their beneficiaries with saving money to buy a new bicycle. Those projects help the people on the spot. (Interview and picture by Nils Thormann, Intern at FABIO in Jinja)
Alungat Scolistika, Uganda, 46 years
“Hopefully there will be a bicycle ambulance the next time when she is having a baby. Walking would be too exhausting.”
Alungat is the first contact person in healthy questions. A few days before we met her, a young, pregnant woman called Jesca went from a small village in the Magoro sub-county to Alungat. The told her about her severe stomach ache. Alungat decided to bring her to the sub-county Health Care Centre where the mid-wife could have a closer look at her. Because they didn't have a transport opportunity they decided to walk the 15 kilometres by feet. On the way Jesca’s condition was getting worse.
All the signals showed that she was getting her baby even though it was not time for her to deliver. They were forced to stop on the way and Alungat did what she could do to help Jesca, but her condition was getting worse. Jessica had a difficult premature birth somewhere out in the nature on the way from her village to the local health center. Her baby was born dead. Fortunately there was a man coming by with a bike who offered to help Jesca. He transported her on his bikes porter. Physically Jesca is well now, she has already gone back to her village. This is daily routine for Alungat. She is happy that at least Jesca survived because maternal mortality is very high in this region. Learn more about our bicycle ambulance projects.