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MSD is a non-profit organization seeking to provide efficient transportation - bicycles - to rural Mozambicans, and to improve bicycle safety throughout the country. MSD gathers donations from the international community to purchase bicycles at cost to be distributed to residents of Mozambique living below poverty line.
The bicycle is a proven tool for development in rural Africa. An average woman spends 3-6 hours per day collecting 30 kilograms of firewood and 50 kilograms of water for her family each day. Moreover, she physically exerts herself in these tasks, as she must often walk kilometers for these chores with the weight of the goods on her head. A bicycle would empower her to take advantage of this time for revenue-generating tasks and reduce her fatigue in completing her daily chores.
Children also must complete similar chores, rendering them unable to attend school. Children who can attend school often walk kilometers to reach the facility. A bicycle would allow a student to reach the school quickly and invest the saved time into studying and preparing future generations for Mozambique’s development.
In addition to these two examples, Bicycles allow people to carry 5x the weight and move 4x faster than on foot. As a result, Mozambicans can carry more product, transport it further distances and reduce their travel time. In an economy where 80% of people work in the informal agriculture sector, bicycles directly enable people to increase their daily incomes. Moreover, bicycles provide access to clinics and schools that people could otherwise not reach by walking, reducing deaths from preventable diseases and increasing education and skill levels.
Bicycles available in Mozambique are imported by traders and often ill-suited for African conditions. The absence of affordable, efficient transportation in Mozambique was notable to Co-Founders of Mozambikes Social Development, Inc. (MSD), Lauren Thomas and Rui Mesquita, two social entrepreneurs that are working to put Mozambique on the road of development.
MSD is a non-profit organization seeking to provide efficient transportation - bicycles - to rural Mozambicans, and to improve bicycle safety throughout the country. MSD gathers donations from the international community to purchase bicycles at cost to be distributed to residents of Mozambique living below poverty line. MSD holds a service agreement with a Mozambican partner, which funds all of the overhead costs for the non-profit, ensuring that 100% of donated capital directly purchases bicycles for low income Mozambicans. MSD holds designation as a U.S. 501c3 charitable corporation.
People can change the life of a Mozambican by giving them a bicycle! Purchase a bicycle online today and 100% of your donation goes towards bicycles in Mozambique. Make donations online using paypal (no account needed) on our website at http://www.mozambikes.com/en/doar.php
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