Working Bikes Cooperative - People Helping People
Working Bikes is a non-profit Organization whose mission is to empower communities toward environmentalism. Located in Chicago, they collect bikes and in turn ship them to countries where they are much needed for transportation to enable people to travel to a job, or to run power tools, grind corn and many other applications.
Thousand of bikes are sent internationally each year to places like Tanzania, Peru, Cuba, Ghana and many other countries. Working Bikes Cooperative sells repaired bikes at a low cost and proceeds sold from their store front go directly toward the cost of shipping the bikes to other countries in need.
A bicycle in Chicago that would sell for Twenty Dollars would sell in Africa for a Thousand Dollars. Mostly bikes are used to get to jobs that would otherwise leave them facing unemployment. They are also used for transporting goods.
Bike Machines are another aspect of what happens. From bikes powering a battery charger to running a fountain at a fair, grinding corn, to being featured on Television with Machine Nation, they are doing a great and wonderful thing by helping other less fortunate countries become more self-sufficient.
You Tube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cjmAt96WEI&feature=related