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Empowering Tanzania: The One Bike Mobility Project by our Moshi Community Hub

Words by Solene Perbost

One Bike Tanzania have been a steadfast member of our Community Hub ecosystem since its pilot form in 2023. They are leaders in creating unique experiences for their community on bikes. Here Solene shares insights into their brand new 'One Bike Mobility' project, and the impact it's having on the Moshi community (and beyond!)

The sun rises over the majestic slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, casting a warm glow on the vibrant city of Moshi, Tanzania. However, beneath this idyllic scenery lies a harsh reality for many residents, particularly those residing in rural areas. Limited and unreliable public transportation, coupled with the high cost of fuel, creates a significant obstacle – distance becomes a barrier to opportunity. Traveling long distances on foot can mean missed classes for students, delayed medical attention for those in need, and limited access to income-generating activities, particularly for women.

At the heart of the One Bike Mobility project lies a simple yet profound idea: provide bicycles to individuals and communities in need, thereby granting them access to essential services, education, and economic opportunities. What started as a small-scale initiative has grown into a robust social enterprise, with a ripple effect that extends far beyond the confines of transportation.

One Bike, Endless Possibilities:

By distributing bicycles to marginalised communities, One Bike Tanzania empowers individuals, particularly women and children, to overcome geographical barriers and reach vital destinations such as schools, healthcare facilities, and markets. This newfound mobility not only enhances their quality of life but also opens doors to education and economic participation, laying the foundation for a brighter future.


Imagine a young girl, Neema, who previously faced a grueling two-hour walk to school each morning. With a bike from One Bike Mobility, Neema's journey becomes a manageable 30 minutes, allowing her to arrive refreshed and ready to learn. This translates to improved attendance, better concentration, and ultimately, a brighter academic future for Neema and countless other students.


 Culturally, women in many Tanzanian communities often shoulder the burden of household responsibilities. One Bike Mobility empowers women like Aisha by enabling them to travel further distances to access markets, sell their produce, and participate in income-generating activities. This newfound independence not only improves their economic standing but also fosters self-confidence and social mobility.

Rural communities:

Bikes become a lifeline for residents in remote areas. Farmers can now transport their goods to larger markets, healthcare is no longer out of reach due to distance, and individuals can connect with family and friends in neighbouring villages. This improved accessibility strengthens the social fabric of rural communities and fosters a more vibrant and inclusive Moshi.

Bicycles as a sustainable alternative

Moreover, the One Bike Mobility project champions sustainability in transportation. In a world grappling with environmental challenges, bicycles emerge as a clean and eco-friendly mode of transit. By promoting cycling as a viable alternative to motorised vehicles, the initiative contributes to reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the adverse effects of climate change.

Beyond the tangible benefits of transportation and sustainability, One Bike Tanzania fosters a sense of community and empowerment. Through workshops and training sessions on bicycle maintenance and road safety, participants not only learn valuable skills but also become advocates for change within their communities. The project instills a sense of pride and ownership, as individuals take control of their mobility and become active agents of progress.

The Ripple Effect of Change:

The impact of One Bike Mobility goes far beyond the individual recipient. Studies show that increased access to education through improved mobility leads to higher school enrolment rates and ultimately a more skilled and empowered workforce. Timely access to medical facilities translates to better overall health and well-being for the community. Increased mobility also facilitates economic activities, such as small-scale entrepreneurship and agricultural productivity, thereby uplifting entire villages and stimulating local economies.

Together, we can bridge the gap created by distance and empower individuals in Moshi to reach their full potential. One bike at a time, we can create a ripple effect of positive change, fostering a healthier, more connected, and economically vibrant Moshi for all.

What an incredible Community Hub making such a profound difference in their community. Visit One Bike Tanzania's website or social media pages to learn more about One Bike Mobility and the various ways you can get involved.


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