The Mozambican people can experience an improved quality of life from the creation of a bicycle industry as a result of the great benefits of this mode of personal transportation.The proliferation of bicycles will enable local Mozambicans to transport more product and travel further distances in a shorter amount of time - this allows people to travel to health facilities, schools, and work.
The unique advantage of Mozambikes lies in its model of bicycle sales to provide bicycles of higher quality and lower prices to all provinces in Mozambique. All of the bicycles are built by local workers, and may carry advertisement or logos of local companies. This helps drive down costs for the consumer, who pays 999 Meticais (~36 USD) for a new bike.
Mozambikes, Lda started as an idea during a roadtrip across Mozambique, when co-founders Lauren Thomas and Rui Mesquita encountered person after person walking along the side of the road with massive containers of water or bundles of firewood on their heads.
Given the high costs of bicycles around Mozambique, the two entrepreneurs set out to design a business model that would bring the best quality bikes to the community for the lowest prices.
The company maintains strong relationships with distribution and retail partners throughout the country to get bicycles to the farthest regions of Mozambique, providing equal benefits to all Mozambicans from the North to the South of the country.
The business is a for-profit social venture, seeking profits to scale the social mission of the company, which is to alleviate poverty through low-cost, efficient transportation. The business is for-profit to set a precedent for successful business in Mozambique, though the company intends to leverage profits to scale the impact of its footprint.
Publicly available: yes
Countries where available: Mozambique
Price range (USD): 20 to 50 USD