Cycles For Famers (CFF) is a non-profit social enterprise in Uganda that seeks bicycle mobility solutions among small-scale farmers and youth within a framework of self-empowerment and sustainable income-generating opportunities to improve their livelihoods. Since inception with our former charity, we have provided over 9000 bicycles to small-scale farmers, young entrepreneurs, marginalized rural youth, and school-going children. This is being realized through a network of partners and supporters in Uganda who support our cause and those around the world who donate secondhand bicycles to our programs. Once donated bicycles are received, they are refurbished to new and are sold on micro-loans or fully purchased by farmers and youths. To have a long-term sustainable impact, CFF believes in innovation and creativity from its project beneficiaries to consider self-employment as a career and develop the skills and attitudes that make up an entrepreneurial mindset and self-reliance.
CFF also reinvests into local communities through bicycle donations to school going children/youths and funds bicycle mechanical training classes in partnership with vocational institute trainers. Bicycles are a common and versatile means of transport in Uganda and have an astounding impact on households resulting in increased incomes, facilitate goods movements, reduce dropout rates for rural school going youths, create jobs, increase access to health centers and bridge the gap between farms and markets.
"My name is Jalia Muwonge, I’m a banana and pineapple farmer growing fruits
on a 3acre piece of land in Kayunga district. I’m a farmer and widow looking after
4 children as their father passed on 3 years ago and I was referred to Cycles For
Farmers (CFF) by the National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
(NACWOLA) of which I’m a member, to support my farming activities and obtain
an income to fend for my family. I was struggling to take my fresh pineapples
and banana harvest to the market due to the limited and expensive commuter
taxis/cargo trucks operating on the Kayunga route and preferred working with
middlemen who purchased pineapples directly at my small farm. The price of
each pineapple purchased at the farm is averagely Shs.800 as compared to the
market price of Shs.2000 per pineapple. I really needed a bicycle as it could help
me ride to the trading center which is about 10km from my farm and negotiate for
a cheaper truck that could fetch my produce of both pineapples and bananas to
the Kayunga market. I obtained a Kona bicycle from CFF, and now I no-longer
use middle men to buy my produce but I directly sell at the main market. With
increased sales and revenue from my produce after purchasing my bicycle, I have
been able to complete brick made house and take my children to school. "