The Bike Shop Program empowers local communities through mobility: health care workers can see more patients, students can make the journey to school, middle- to low-income workers can get to work in an affordable manner, and families can carry more goods to and from home.
Each bike shop employs five women, providing them with the opportunity to support their families through earned income. Donated bikes have been collected by Sanctuary Retreats staff in the US, UK, and Australia, as well as through our bike collection partner, Working Bikes.
The Dipetsana Women’s Bike Shop employs five local women in Kasane, Botswana. Used, donated bikes were collected and shipped from the United States, and, upon its arrival, the shipping container itself was converted into the bike shop. The selected women have gone through an extensive training program to teach them business skills and how to be bike mechanics.
This village bike shop and tour enterprise provides these women with the opportunity to earn a much-needed income while also giving their community vital access to transportation. With Sanctuary Retreats support, the bike shop receives restock shipments on a regular basis.