Vacations & Travel - - Global Village - Aber­crom­biekent.com.au, akphi­lan­thropy.org

The first pro­ject of Aber­crom­bie & Kent Phi­lan­thropy (AKP) Aus­tralia, work­ing with the West Aus­tralian chap­ter of Bi­cy­cles for Hu­man­ity, has seen 433 bikes shipped to the Bwindi Women Bi­cy­cle En­ter­prise in Uganda. The bike shop em­ploys five lo­cal women who are em­pow­ered with ex­ten­sive train­ing in bike re­pair and busi­ness man­age­ment. The pro­gram’s pos­i­tive ef­fects ex­tend be­yond the sup­ple­men­ta­tion of in­come and res­onate through­out the en­tire com­mu­nity, pro­vid­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers with much-needed mo­bil­ity. A por­tion of the bike shops prof­its are also in­vested back into the com­mu­nity to en­hance lo­cal health­care and sup­port the school fees of or­phaned stu­dents. Even the ship­ping con­tain­ers them­selves are put to use as part of the struc­ture of the vil­lage bike shop. As one of the 35 AKP projects un­der way world­wide, the Bwindi bike shop sup­ports A&K’s be­lief that travel comes with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of leav­ing the world a bet­ter place than we have found it. A&K guests are af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to ob­serve the ef­fects of the pro­gram in ac­tion with a guided bike tour and a meet­ing with the women them­selves.

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