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Bicycles Empower Women and Boost Economic Development in Uganda

Over 200 Ugandan women met in Buhoma,Uganda to learn how to ride and repair bicycles in an effort to promote bicycling and provide economic development opportunities.

Over 200 Ugandan women met in Buhoma,Uganda to learn how to ride and repair bicycles in an effort to promote bicycling and provide economic development opportunities. Ride 4 a Woman (R4W), a nonprofit organization focused on economically and socially empowering local women living near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, and OneStreet, an international nonprofit organization working to promote bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly transit, spearheaded the project.

The three-week workshop, which took place in a village classroom in early January 2011, was an effort to educate disadvantaged women to acquire marketable skills to elevate themselves out of poverty, while promoting an environmentally friendly and affordable transportation option.

Thanks to Jeffrey Riecke

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Marketable skills training

Marketable skills training plus bicycle instruction seems to be a powerful combination to address both extreme poverty and also empowerment of women. Both types of training promote economic independence and hope for a better life. Women can lead the way in Africa. I like the idea of sustainable transportation near a national park too. Economic progress doesn't have to degrade the environment.

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