Zambikes – Zambikes is a Zambia-based company that is producing bicycles made out of bamboo.
Zambikes – The company is also serving the local market with steel bikes as well as spare parts, bicycle ambulances and cargo carts.
Zambikes – Zambikes, which employs some 40 people, is a joint venture between two Americans and two Zambians.
Zambikes – The bamboo bikes are mainly aimed at the international market, with countries such as Japan, Singapore, Germany, Brazil, Finland and the United States driving demand.
Zambikes – Zambikes, which began operations in 2007, has so far produced about 500 bamboo frames, but this year alone it expects to crank out another 450.
Zambikes – The company says its mission is to transform lives by providing jobs and skills training to the "uneducated and underprivileged."
Zambikes – "The main goal we have is firstly to make the most vulnerable Zambians realize that they have an equal opportunity in life to excel, to move from where they are to the next point and begin to grow into what they are meant to be," says co-founder Mwewa Chikamba.
Zambikes – Eye-catching, super light and extremely durable, bamboo bicycles have gained traction in recent years, becoming a popular alternative to steel or aluminium bikes.
Zambikes – Huge transportation costs, high import rates, currency fluctuations and bureaucracy are some of the challenges faced by Zambikes.
Zambikes – Bamboo, one of nature's fastest growing resources, has great shock absorbing abilities.