-Photos of donations to women in Villeta, Paraguay.
Are you someone who saves your receipts? In an age of plastic cards and online banking, most of us decline the receipt. You might want to take a closer look into your receipt with X-bodytech.
Upon the birth of X-bodytech, Lynne offered up the idea of parsing a portion of our sales to nonprofits. Lynne felt motivated to donate 10% of all sales to a non profit. At X-BodyTech we have carefully selected three nonprofits we would like to donate to which include; Project Bike Love, World Bicycle Relief and No Kid Hungry.
What does this mean for you, the consumer? It means that you are doing a small part in altering the direction of another person’s life. Not sure what that looks like? Here is a short interview with Belen Ramirez, co-founder of Project Bike Love and in general a complete badass, to give you a better picture of what that means.
Belen Ramirez first came to creating Project Bike Love because of an interaction she had in Sudan. Sounds interesting already, right?
Belen was serving with Doctors without Borders. She remembers a very sick child coming in, who was severely dehydrated. Belen discussed being very frustrated with the father of this child and approaching him about his negligence of care for his son. Upon this interaction, Belen discovered that the father had not brought the son in earlier because he could find no bike to get him all the way to the hospital. This interaction, this great- yet simple need, was an important experience that would later help drive Belen to co-find Project Bike Love.
Erin, who is the other founder of Project Bike Love, discussed with Belen a bracelet she had bought that assisted the purchase of bikes for women in impoverished countries. After discussing their goals, they aligned, collected all their drive and founded Project Bike Love.
Today, Project Bike Love is equipping the “bread-winning, Paraguayan women from the cities of Luque and Carmelo Peralta.” Project Bike Love is all about empowering people, whether the women of Paraguay or empowering the people who donate to realize just how powerful their contribution and place in a larger community is. This, is exactly why X-BodyTech decided with ease to contribute to Project Bike Love. We want to empower those around us as well.
Next time you pump your tires up, consider what buying a wheel could really do. Think about the impacts you want to leave on this world. We are here to equip you with a connection to this bigger community, a world of helping each other.
Be safe, have fun and love each other.
-Lynne and Julia
I think a lot about how happy I am riding my bike and the many benefits cycling brings to my life. I also think a lot about how, for some, a bike may be the only transportation they have for getting to a job, healthcare facility, or school. Providing bicycles to people in need in developing countries is why X-BodyTech chose World Bicycle Relief (WBR) as one of our foundations to support. Below provides some background on why we wanted to support WBR.
During a recent conversation with Claire Geiger, US Partnership and Fundraising Manager for WBR and an avid cyclist, she described to me that for many people in developing countries, walking is their primary mode of transportation. Add the challenge of distance and seemingly simple tasks of going to school, visiting the clinic, or delivering goods to market become difficult and sometimes impossible. With no choice but to walk, meeting everyday needs is a struggle against time and fatigue.
In response to this need, World Bicycle Relief builds and distributes specially designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs through study-to-own and work-to-own programs. These bikes are known as Buffalo Bicycles. For increased sustainability, they train field mechanics to ensure access to maintenance and spare parts.
Buffalo Bicycles are designed, sourced and manufactured for durability and affordability and engineered specifically for rural terrain and heavy loads. As Claire commented to me, “for less than the cost of a helmet or cycling shoes, $147 donated to WBR provides a sturdy, sustainable, and easy to maintain Buffalo bike." To date, WBR has donated over 400,000 Buffalo Bicycles in developing countries, which translates to the following numbers:
World Bicycle Relief is currently working to provide bicycles to students (70% girls), teachers, and educational workers in rural parts of Africa. For $147, WBR can provide a Buffalo Bicycle to a student in need.
We also encourage you to visit our shop and purchase for a cause. We currently offer a variety of high performance wheel sets for road, gravel or mountain bikes, t-shirts and other bike accessaries. Please visit us at Wheels . We donate 10% of our profits each year to our favorite foundations If you would prefer a tax deductible donation directly to WBR we have also set up a personal fundraiser. See the link below. Every donation helps.
What are you waiting for? Let's get rolling!
See you on the road,
Lynne Lowry is a cycling enthusiast and Co-Founder of X-BodyTech
Julia Priest is an endurance sports coach at Carmichael Training Systems and Co-Founder of X-bodytech.