Mission Statement: World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through The Power of Bicycles. We are committed to helping people conquer the challenge of distance, achieve independence and thrive.

For many people in rural regions of developing countries, poverty is a daily reality. In areas where walking is the only mode of transport, a Buffalo Bicycle offers the real and immediate benefit of reliable access to essential goods and services. Powered by the remarkable human spirit, bicycles are a catalyst to possibilities.


For many people in the developing world, 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.

Our innovative model, combining philanthropic distributions with social enterprise sales, is the backbone on which we deliver greater efficiencies of scale, distribute more bicycles per donation and generate deeper impact where we work.

Since 2005, World Bicycle Relief has delivered more than 370,000 specially designed Buffalo Bicycles to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs across Africa, South America and Southeast Asia.

Charity Type: 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Year Founded: 2005

Location: Global organization based in Chicago, IL

How to Get Involved: Donate at worldbicyclerelief.org  or visit https://worldbicyclerelief.org/en/community/ for volunteer opportunities.





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