World Bicycle Relief has partnered with two leading South African non-profits, Qhubeka and the Wildlands Conservation Trust, to support their innovative Green-preneur programs, which emphasize a “hand-up not hand-out” approach.

Children and families earn bicycles in exchange for work done to improve their rural communities and the environment, such as nurturing native tree saplings or collecting recyclable trash. Bicycles help children commute to school quickly and safely and allow families better access to healthcare, jobs and markets. Program participants also gain skills they can use to launch their own small businesses.South African high school students have planted hundreds of thousands of trees and collected thousands of tons of trash through these programs so far.

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