The BBC website has a great story on “Zambikes”, a small company in Zambia building hand-made bamboo bikes for local sale and eventually, export to the U.S. Here’s an excerpt:
Co-founder Vaughn Spethmann, 24, recalls how it all started with a game of football.
“We were here on a university field trip and we organized a match against some locals. Afterwards we asked them what they did, and they said: ‘Nothing’. They didn’t have jobs. “So we decided to come up with a business which would be a source of employment and provide a useful product.”
Zambikes is partnering with Bamboosero to export the bikes to the U.S. Bamboosero is a project started by Santa Cruz framebuilder Craig Calfee to improve conditions in the developing world by helping entrepreneurs start businesses making bamboo bikes.