Visiting Lusaka on a University lead Missions trip in 2004, Dustin McBride and Vaughn Spethmann saw the positive impact and need for high quality bicycles not only in Zambia but throughout Africa. The first plan was created at Azusa Pacific University for an Entrepreneur class in 2006 but soon took legs as Dustin and Vaughn moved to Zambia in 2007. After a divine meeting with Gershom Sikaala and Mwewa Chikamba in July of 2007, they shared the vision of “turning Africa around one bike at a time” and the company roots began. The following directors founded Zambikes as a Social Enterprise in August 2007: Dustin McBride (US), Gershom Sikaala (ZM), Vaughn Spethmann (US), and Mwewa Chikamba (ZM). Zambikes is set up as a Social Enterprise run as a for profit company with a social footprint. Focusing on community development, vocational and leadership training, and developing relevant custom “Zambian” products makes Zambikes different than other Companies in Zambia. Zambikes is a VAT registered Company Limited by Shares in Zambia.
Zambikes is committed to changing lives by providing high quality bicycles, bicycle ambulances and cargo trailers to underprivileged and service minded Zambians. Through the pulpit of a bicycle Zambikes is developing leaders, training individuals and spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. The vision is to be a self-sustaining organization, leading southern Africa in building and supplying high quality, customized bicycles and bicycle accessories.
Building grassroots relationships that lead to the empowerment of Zambians through job creation, skills training, and providing bicycles and bicycle accessories as tools. Aiding in sustainable economic development throughout Zambia by providing high quality bicycles and bicycle trailers that are manufactured, assembled and serviced by Zambians. Improving the quality of products imported into and products being exported from Zambia. Providing customer service as a top priority.
Zambikes - What We Do
Zambikes is a social business that manufactures, assembles and distributes high quality bicycles, bicycle ambulances and cargo bicycle trailers to the underprivileged, empowering individuals to fight the mindset of poverty and address the economic and social needs of Zambia. The Zambikes (bicycles) are distributed to medical workers, pastors, teachers and developing entrepreneurs allowing each recipient to travel three times as fast than by foot. The Zambulances (bicycle ambulances) address the transport bottleneck by allowing patients to be ferried to health facilities in a faster and more comfortable way. The Zamcart (cargo bicycle trailer) allows the individual using it to carry up to three times more load (due to increased capacity of up to 300kg). This not only increases efficiency but also earning power. The Zambikes bamboo bicycle frames are designed for the global market. Bamboo bikes are custom handcrafted by skilled Zambians, using locally grown and sustainably sourced materials. Each bamboo frame undergoes cutting, curing, drying, gluing, wrapping, sanding, and painting. The process to build a frame takes over 2 months. Zambikes Goal is to satisfy 9 countries in Sub-Sahara Africa by providing enough Zambulances so that everyone can reach their local medical care center. To accomplish this, we estimate that we will need to build and distribute close to 20,000 Zambulances. We have production facilities in Zambia and Uganda with a united capacity of 2,000 Zambulances per year. That capacity has the potential to grow to nearly 4,000 per year.