Designed to Empower
We believe in thinking differently about what we create and who it may impact. We started by making great bottles that help provide others with access to clean water & sanitation training. In meeting these fundamental needs our eyes were opened to the need for transportation. Affordable, reliable mobility is one of the most valuable but unrecognized tools for empowering others to create sustainable change.
The mobility provided by a bicycle can multiply an individual's efficiency. Compared to walking, bicycles increase carrying capacity and accessible travel distance while decreasing the time it takes to commute to and from schools, clinics and markets, improving access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity. A bicycle is an inexpensive, sustainable form of transportation that can transform communities.
A bicycle in the hands of an African student changes everything. Students with bikes arrive to school safe and ready to learn. Studies are showing grades and attendance increasing while child pregnancy and other health risks such as HIV/AIDS rates are decreasing. Every recipient is given basic training about bicycle maintenance and safety, and signs a contract of commitment when receiving his or her bike. Families of students also benefit from the bicycle; it is common for a family member to borrow the bicycle to take goods to market during the day while a child is in school, then return it for the student's journey home.
A bike in the the hands of an entrepreneur is a powerful tool for economic development. In developing countries, bikes are commonly used to transport agricultural goods to market, to bring farm equipment and supplies to rural villages, and to bring people to markets, often times across great distances from their homes. Introducing bikes to local economies also helps create jobs in in the form of bicycle assembly, maintenance and repair.
Formal systems of healthcare are much less common in developing countries, making it harder for many people to receive necessary health services. The mobilization of volunteer home based caregivers has been an effective response and bicycles play a significant role in caregivers overcoming transportation barriers to service delivery which improves the quality and duration of their caregiving visits to people living with HIV/AIDS as well as orphans and vulnerable children.
Not only are bikes a valuable tool for sustainable development, they are one of the best ways to stay healthy while showing Mother Earth some love. Did you know that 25 percent of all trips are made within a mile of the home and 40 percent of all trips are within two miles of the home? Ditch the car and grab your MiiR bike. We'll love you, the environment will love you and those formerly without access to transportation will love you. Can you feel the love?
The Awesome Factor
Do you remember learning to ride a bike? That glorious moment when the training wheels came off, the amazing freedom that came in the form of two wheels. Whether you commute everyday or cruise on the weekend with friends, riding bikes always brings a little of the awesome factor to daily life. Now you can have even more fun riding your bike knowing that you’ve empowered someone with the gift of transportation.