Project cycles to success
THE FOUNDER of a project that provides refugees with bicycles has been shortlisted for a prominent award.
Jem Stein was inspired to create The Bike Project after he mentored a refugee while at university.
The 27-year-old’s initiative provides second-hand bikes to refugees in London and across the country.
The former Habonim social action worker is now one of five finalists with a chance of winning the £10,000 prize in the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneur of the Year competition.
Mr Stein said: “I set up the project in November 2012 and I’ve supplied 1,050 refugees with their own transport.
“I realised how difficult it was for my mentee to get around. They are not allowed to work and have a minimal amount to live on, so having free transport really makes a difference.
“We get old bikes donated to us, fix them up and give them back out, so the refugees have the ability to get around and create a life for themselves.”