Owning a bicycle is one thing. Keeping it on the road is another.
A key mechanism in our distribution efforts are the BECs (Bicycling Empowerment Centers) which BEN has established. These centres are managed by community-based entrepreneurs who have been trained by BEN in small business management and bicycle mechanics.
As bicycle mechanics within the communities, they play a key role in ensuring the bikes are kept in a roadworthy condition.
The establishment of BECs promotes employment creation whilst providing BEN with a good distribution network to ensure communities have access to affordable bikes.
Bicycle mechanics courses range from one-day basic maintenance programmes, to comprehensive three-week long programmes covering most areas of bicycle repair. We try to ensure that all programmes and projects we undertake are supported by access to sustainable mechanical support. Contact us for more information.