Buffalo Bicycles by Plan International

Why to choose this solution?
Provision of the bicycles to the students by Plan international help in improving their academic performances since a lot of time will not be taken by the students to trek for longer distance to and from school but will be taken to study after arriving to school early using their bicycles. The bicycles are clean and environmentally sustainable means of transportation which ease the students transportation to and from school. They have been seen to increase student retention rate, especially among those who drop out of school due to teen pregnancies.
Savings per day or production:
Saves travel time spent by students who walk long distances to and from school using a quality, durable bicycle to improve access to education is both simple and more cost-effective than constructing schools or introducing dedicated buses or taxis.
Cost in money and in own time to construct:
The bicycles were donated by Plan International Kenya in partnership with World Bicycle Relief through the organization of the Bicycle Education Empowerment Program (BEEP).
About 15 years with propoer maintainance
Maintenance needed:
Community members have been trained as bicycle mechanics to repair and maintain the bicycles. Parents whose children have benefitted from the program have the responsibility to ensure the bicycles are maintained and well used for the intended purposes. Some maintenance needed including regular washing the bicycle, regular checking the brakes, the tire pressure and ensuring nuts and bolts are tight, and replacing wear and tear components.
Resources needed in use:
The students should know how to ride the bicycles.
Problems and limits:
Cyling is affeted by bad weather espeially during rainy days, rendering some parts of the road impassable.
Where and how can you get it or make it?
Available at Plan International Kisumu.
Skills needed to produce, install. maintenance, use:
Production needs skilled personnel and to use the bicycle, it needs knowledge on how to ride it.
How to use it:
Not relevant
How to maintain it:
Not relevant
Climate effect (if any):
Bicycles are environmentally friendly since they do not emit any carbon to the atmosphere like other means of transport (diesel fleet emissions). Use of bicycles is the only way to cut carbon emissions in urban transportation.
Where it is used and how many users are there?
About 1,546 students in the 17 selected schools within Kisumu County benefitted from the program.
Why is it successful?
Successful because BEEP provides durable, reliable bicycles, to significantly reduce the students travel time to school. The bicycles are cost effective way to improve educational outcomes for adolescent girls, and appropriate technology to address long distances rural students.
If you can make it, a short description, typical problems, materials needed.:
The bicycles requires a skilled personnel to build or to manufacture to specific design.
How to make it (if possible):
Not relevant
How is it delivered and by whom?
The bicycles were delivered by plan international in form of a donation targeting 70 percent of the girls and 30 percent of the boys within the selected schools. Creation of a diverse committee enabling deep community involvement, incentivizes bicycle maintenance and care and school attendance through study-to-own contracts signed by students and parents, training bicycle mechanics, ensuring bicycles remain in good working order are some of the successful business models.
Successful financial model
Successful partnerships with the World Bicycle Relief (WBR).
What policies and strategies helped the success?
The local community was incorporated into the management of the programme (Bicycle for Education Empowerment Programme) through Bicycle Supervisory Committees, which act as the focal point for implementation of the programme. The committee helps to identify children who would benefit most from a bicycle, monitors the usage of the bicycles and oversees the work of the field mechanics.
More info:
Plan International Kenya. Methodist Ministries Centre, Block C, 2nd floor Nairobi P.O. Box 25196-00603 Kenya. 0709 859000 / 020 2761000. Kenya.Co@plan-international.org
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Suswatch Kenya
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