Bicycle maintenance is paramount to the success of WBR programs.
World Bicycle Relief has developed a Field Mechanics Training Program to accompany bicycle distribution; this ensures that bicycle owners have access to local, qualified maintenance and repair service. Mechanics learn bicycle assembly, maintenance and repair as well as basic business, marketing and management skills. Each trained mechanic receives a bicycle, a set of high quality bicycle tools, a uniform, and marketing materials; some mechanics work with microlenders to establish businesses and purchase a stock of spare parts.
Before I was trained as a mechanic, I had no idea of what I was supposed to do in life. At 37 I did not know how to ride a bicycle, let alone repair it. Today look at me. I am able to take my children to a fee paying school and everybody in my community look at me as an expert in bicycle repairing. I have a ready market and am not worried about my future.
Elijah, un meccanico
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