About the organization
Bambike is a socio-ecological enterprise that hand-makes bamboo bicycles with fair-trade labor and sustainable building practices. Our bamboo bike builders (aka Bambuilders) come from Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine based community development organization for the poor, working to bring an end to poverty.
Bambike is a company that is interested in helping out people and the planet, dedicated to social and environmental stewardship. Our goal is to do better business and to make the greenest bikes on the planet.
Retail & Ecommerce
Green products, Fair Trade, Filipino handcrafts
What makes it a social enterprise?
Bambike shares the vision of a poverty free Philippines and contributes to the cause by hiring local villagers and providing them with sustainable livelihoods.
Bambike’s bamboo bike builders (aka BamBuilders) are incredibly skilled craftsmen who are hired through the renowned Gawad Kalinga's community development program. Prior to working as bike builders at Bambike, these craftsmen were working menial jobs and often had to travel long distances for work. Now, they are able to put their unique talents to good use, and are able to work, live, and participate in the development of their local communities.
What is its social cause?Environment, Employment development & skills training, Poverty eradication
Who does it impact?Rural Communities, Low-income individuals
Resources to learn more about Bambike
[Yale School of Management] It’s “More Fun in the Philippines”… Putting Yale SOM’s Core Curriculum into Practice
[The Huffington Post] Bamboo Bike, BamBike, Strives To Make Philippines Less Polluted
[Inhabitat.com] Bambike Project: Bamboo Cycles Handmade in the Philippines
[Asian Journal] Ramona & Bryan Benitez McClelland: It’s All in the Family