Bikes to Rwanda
Bikes to Rwanda was a non-profit international aid relief organization established in Portland, Oregon, United States in 2006 by Stumptown Coffee Roasters founder and CEO Duane Sorenson following a business trip to visit coffee growers' cooperatives in Rwanda.
The organization's mission was "to provide cargo bicycles to co-operative coffee farmers in Rwanda. The goal was to improve quality of life in these communities through a bike workshop and maintenance program to provide transportation resources for basic needs and enhance production of quality coffee."
The bicycles were built specifically for heavy cargo, and were designed and developed by Project Rwanda with master bicycle builder Tom Ritchey. The organization also established bike shops in Rwanda for maintenance and repair.
- Tim Lewis (December 23, 2013). "Book Excerpt: Tom Ritchey, The dot connector". VeloNews. Retrieved 2015-03-29.
Sorenson, after discussions with farmers, also decided that bicycles were the missing link and set up a charity called Bikes to Rwanda.
- "Hot Java, for a Cool $40 (or Less) a Half-Pound". The New York Times. September 12, 2007. Retrieved 2015-03-29.
inspired Stumptown’s owner, Duane Sorenson, to start the Bikes to Rwanda program
- Jennifer Wang (June 21, 2011). "Stumptown's Duane Sorenson, the Coffee Connoisseur". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2015-03-29.
Bikes to Rwanda, a nonprofit that sends cargo bikes to coffee farmers.
- Lisa Acho Remorenko (October 17, 2008). "Reduce Your Pet's Carbon Footprint". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 2015-03-29.
proceeds goes to the organization Bikes to Rwanda, which is a nonprofit company whose mission is to provide cargo bicycles to cooperative coffee farmers in Rwanda.
- Jim Witkin (December 4, 2008). "Bikes to Rwanda: Building Communities and a Better Cup of Coffee". TriplePundit. Retrieved 2015-03-29.
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