Bikes for the World, a nonprofit based in the Washington D.C. area, collects unwanted bicycles and related material in the United States and delivers it at low cost to community development programs, assisting the poor in more than a dozen countries. Our mission is to make quality used bicycles and parts affordable and available to lower income people and select institutions in developing countries, to enhance their lives and livelihoods through better transport.
We also generate skilled employment in bicycle repair and maintenance overseas, and to provide satisfying environmental and humanitarian community service opportunities for volunteers in the United States.
Bikes for the World needed to solve two problems – first, poor people in the developing world lacked affordable, eco-friendly transportation, and second, efficient production and marketing methods had led to a glut of unwanted bicycles in the United States.
"It really helps to have Salsa's easy-to-use communication tools to get the word out. We are connecting with the community."
"We have been using Salsa for number of years to communicate our collections, our need for volunteers to help us prep and load bikes as well as to communicate our accomplishments."
"We have been able to build more targeted listes, build relationships and track our performance. We have seen significant growth and are staffing up to take better advantage of all Salsa has to offer."
"We see ourselves helping people not only in a very
concrete way overseas, but through participating
in our programs locally, we are supporting
environmental and developmental education here
in the U.S."
"The most effective use of our website videos has been through the email blasts we do through Salsa."