Mobility (transport) is such an important aspects to peoples lives and the development of a country. Therefore, to create healthy, strong and empowering structures, people and goods have to be transported reliably. This includes food and agricultural products, medical care and drinking water that needs to be transported by road due to limited clean pipewater. Until now, most transport is done by foot (carrying cargo by head) or by so called Bodas (motorcycles often driven by young people not even owning these motorcycles).
The challenge here is that people stand alongside the roads, waiting for means of transport to work, school, hospital, market or walking for several hours a day. Due to that, around 25% of Ugandas working laborers are estimated to lose two to three hours of productive time daily. This lack of mobility can become a limiting factor for many people and a countries development.
Another big challenge is the exhaustion of fumes and poor disposal of engine oils, resulting in an increasingly bad impact on our environment. So the availability of Bodas everywhere might improve mobility but severely burdens this planet.
Another solution has to be found…
A bicycle can make a change! The solution is as old as good. To get out of poverty, accessibility is one of the most important tools. The bicycle drastically improves this in an eco-friendly way. Easy to repair and maintain, in many cases the bicycle is a suitable response to the challenges people face with mobility. FABIO is aiming to spread the idea of cycling for a better future.
FABIO improves lives by many different programs around sustainable and affordable mobility. One focus is on women’s groups gaining access to markets, enhancing their ability to do their daily tasks faster and hence improving their productivity. Another focus is on school children, especially girls. By providing bicycles, schoolchildren having to walk really long distances, can improve their school retention and performance. To enable and strengthen their effectiveness in supporting communities on health related issues FABIO also provides bicycle ambulances to village health teams in rural communities. Another current project focusses on the spreading of solar powered E-Mobility among the streets of Jinja and Iganga. You are invited to discover all of our interesting projects.