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How Bamboo Bikes Are Helping This Community

How Bamboo Bikes Are Helping This Community


(Music) – Bamboo is a material
I have come to love, appreciate, and admire so much. Because, whenever I am riding a bike, it’s unique-nobody has it. It’s just unique to me. So, you get a lot of attention
whilst riding a bamboo bike. (Upbeat Music) – My name is Kwabena Danso. I am the founder and CEO
of Booomers International- a company that manufactures
bamboo bicycles and accessories in rural Ghana. So, Booomers is a social enterprise that actually trains young
people in rural communities and employ them to make bamboo
bicycles and accessories. So, we make different
products from bamboo, using mostly school
dropouts who couldn’t have had the opportunity to go back to school and wouldn’t have had the opportunity to go to get former employment. (Bell Dings) We have different types of bicycles. City bikes, mountain bikes, road bikes, and we also do tricycles for kids. (Upbeat Music) For everything that normal wood would do, bamboo would do that. Almost everything that a steel would do, bamboo would do that. Because bamboo is actually the strongest plant you can ever find because of the way the
fiber has been created. This is what made the
bamboo bicycle unique, and people appreciate it so much. (Upbeat Music) Currently, we have about
40 employees directly and we also employ
another 20 indirectly, who do the harvesting-the fiber
that we use for the wrapping. We’re engaging about
200 farmers to go into bamboo agro forestry. Each worker receives a very good wage, and then we also pay for
their social security. And this should empower them and should be able to make them happy and that’s why you come to the factory, and all the guys are always
happy doing what they are doing, because we live like a family. (Bamboo Falling) (Piano Music) Between 2014, when we started
going commercial, and 2018, we’ve sold almost about 4,000
bicycles internationally. The goal is to produce between
5,000 and 6,000 bicycles a year, which translates to about 500 bicycles a month. (Bamboo Scraping) My favorite part of the job is waking up every morning and realizing that you’re not
just thinking about yourself, but you’re thinking about
the entire community. How to make the community better. How to empower young people
to empower themselves. (laughter)

Comments (100)

  1. Gcn should cover this 😀

  2. Those bikes look great!!! This is super interesting. I went to Ghana a few summers ago, can’t wait to go back it’s a beautiful country.

  3. in Jamaica they have some BIG bamboo!

  4. Who makes the wheels, gears and chains?

  5. Wait a minute… This is a re upload

  6. Philippines na a bamboo bike

  7. @GCN should try this

  8. I like your new opening, that's cool and touching(?)

  9. I love the way he says “bamboo.”

  10. Strongest Plant, that's why Chinese still uses bamboo making the buildings

  11. That's really great.

  12. Awesome Story & I want one 😁

  13. Those bicycles look Dope.

  14. This guy is so inspiring

  15. He has a small business, but still he wants to give employment to poor village people, only a man with a great heart can do such thing

  16. Black panther gonna ride this into battle

  17. Well? How much $ ?

  18. Beautiful! I want one of those too!!

  19. that's going to be a lot lighter than my current bike

  20. I need one
    I wonder how much is it
    But I wonder if my parents can afford it

  21. Yes but Bamboo forests are getting smaller and smaller for every bike made. 🙁

  22. These always feel too short, love the content!

  23. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  24. if it's cheap then good. but if it is almost expensive as metal bike, hell no.

  25. I want a bamboo bike!!!

  26. A marriage between my hobby and my favourite material.. kudos excellent work!

  27. Read up on this a few years ago. The original people who developed this idea had this very outcome in mind. Nice to see their plans coming to fruition.

  28. i wonder how accurate the frame shape is between those bamboo bikes, it's entirely handmade

  29. Capitalism wins once again

  30. Can I Buy One Of Each Bike ?

  31. Thanks for the video, it's amazing to see what companies are doing to empower and help their countrymen

  32. You guys should've put a direct link to the Booomers site as well. I know I was super interested in their bikes, so I just had to look them up! https://www.booomers.com

  33. This absolutely pleases me of the natural frame of the bicycle, which it is bamboo. I think I would like to have one of these bicycles, please.

  34. Sick just another reason to cut down more trees

  35. I'm excited to see this on here and I hope the whole World gets to see it and Investors can come in and help the bloke on the good initiative he's set out in Ghana.

  36. This would be awesome for fixies

  37. "Each worker receives… a very good wage"

  38. I really appreciate that personally, the way your urged to take step to sell bamboo bicycle in your homeland

  39. china copy incoming in 3…2…1

  40. Durianrider is ahead of everyone

  41. More on this topic

  42. but can it run crysis?

  43. Goes to grab lunch, come's back Panda runs away while munching on your bike

  44. We have a bamboo chair in our house, we have it for 27 years now.

  45. Can you make a BIRD scooter out of bamboo?

  46. This is a commercial, it's a company it provides jobs like all companies do, no point talking about "best part is waking in da morning" … Best part is money

  47. I would love to see more videos of things like this in African countries. Viewers don't often get to see all the wonderful things happening in Africa.

  48. That's not a problem for environment because bamboo has
    Higher growing rate than any other tree

  49. We also have these in the Philippines. We have 2 in our house 🙂

  50. Bamboo bike frames.

  51. Life time warranty on the frames?

  52. is it sustainable?

  53. "Bamboos are not for bikes! Bamboos are food!"
    -Panda Community

  54. Using "bikes" to signal virtue is so fuckign cliche! im fuckign tired of "do gooders"! death to all SJWs

  55. More like atom bomb bike

  56. Fireeee*not setting it but its lit*

  57. I’m gonna get one even though I’m 100% sure I won’t use it

  58. Weird seeing the African people riding bikes and stuff and are not too busy starving to death

  59. The only greener then green transport system in the world.

  60. This was also done in the PH years ago, but it did not get much support and attention.

  61. African countries are very innovative. I firmly believe that in the near future both Africa and Asia will rule the world. Most Asian and African countries will take over the positions held by the western and European countries and be the new superpowers.

  62. Bring bring them near pandas

  63. 2 disk var la maşallah

  64. One of the most uplifting videos I've seen in a long long time

  65. is bamboo native to africa ?

  66. Great attitude this man has. I wish all CEOs, owners and developers had a similar mindset.

  67. Bamboo unicycles though

  68. where can i get this bamboo bikes? Good job Kwabena Danso 🙂

  69. I hope the workers are being paid a good amount…

  70. These guys are awesome. Doing something good for the community without polluting the environment!

  71. Within 4-6 months the bamboo is going to be destroyed.

  72. Where all my SDA’s at🤙🏾

  73. Here come bamboo declining

  74. Kwanbena – What a great idea. Brilliant!

  75. Badass ! I want one!

  76. Those bikes are fresh.

  77. So what they have been made in the west already the only thing GHANA is known for are DATING SCAMS

  78. When you're so stuck in the stone age that you have to make a bamboo bicycle in the year 2019.

  79. Bamboo is underrated material! There are stronk. Stronger than steel

  80. Truly inspiring <3

  81. Wow respect guys in my country, I love you, prosper, progress, professional and good foundation

  82. I want a folding bamboo bike

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