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Ghana, December 2012: The Yonso Project and my Boo started a special cooperation between Ghana and Germany...
The team of the Yonso Project and my Boo
The Yonso Project was founded in Ghana in 2005 by Kwabena Danso. The nonprofit organization provides fair paid jobs and microfinancing, and also finances educational scholarships, school renovations and libraries. Furthermore, the Yonso Project also supports other innovative projects that break the cycle of unemployment and poverty; this is how the collaboration with my Boo started.
As part of the Yonso Project, both young and experienced Ghanaian employees work together to build bamboo frames for my Boo; this creates new jobs with fair pay and fair working conditions.
Bamboo Bikes for Education
The Yonso Project finances educational scholarships in the region with proceeds made by the built frames. This makes it possible for a Ghanaian child to go to school for an entire year for free. Education is the key to success and the foundation for a prosperous future.
Bamboo is one of the fastest regrowing plants in the world; extremely stable and naturally shock absorbing, it is a perfectly suitable material for our my Boo frames.
Bamboo tubes for our frames are cut directly in Yonso. Afterwards, they are dried for several months so they become super stiff and durable. When dry, the best-looking bamboo tubes are selected to build the frames.
High Quality Standards
Clamping devices (jigs) are developed by experts in Germany to assure consistant quality.
Hemp Fibers and epoxy resin are used to join the bamboo tubes. Together, they provide incredible torsional stiffness and stability.
Handmade with Love
After the resin is dry, the joints are sanded down with loving handicraft. About 90 hours of handicraft are put into every my Boo bamboo frame, making every bike distinctively unique.
In addition to continuous quality control while the frames are being built, they go through a final inspection before being transported to Germany.
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Published on Nov 18, 2016