2017 Annual Report

With Help from YOU…Entrepreneurs, families and children are changing their lives with bicycles

Here’s the change you’ve helped us to deliver this fiscal year:

The Impact:

What we do

Our bicycles help people to access schools, clinics and jobs and are a tool that people use to move forward. For example, Percy lives in a village in rural Limpopo where there is no high school. He received a bicycle in 2014, when he was in grade 9, through a Qhubeka programme run by World Vision, to help him ride the 5km to the high school in a neighbouring town. In January 2018, Percy got his Matric results – he was one of the four top-performing students in the Limpopo province. He is currently studying to become a medical doctor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. By supporting our programmes, you help Qhubeka to change more lives with bicycles, helping people like Percy to keep moving forward.

Thank you

During the 2017 financial year, more than 7 800 bicycles were distributed. These included work-to-earn, learn-to-earn, disaster relief, health and sport programmes run by our implementation partners, such as World Vision, WesternCape on Wellness and The Grace Trust. We continue to enjoy longstanding relationships with our corporate partners and have also welcomed new partners who have helped us turn our dream of manufacturing our own bicycles into a reality through Real Bicycle Co. We’ve continued to enjoy support from City of Johannesburg and the Western Cape Government. During 2017, we established Real Bicycle Co. as a fully owned subsidiary of Qhubeka. The company is an end-to-end bicycle design and manufacturing entity that will help us to supply the best commuter bicycles in the world, as well as creating a new revenue stream and employment and skills development opportunities.

Thank you for helping to make this possible!

How we do it

We have a small team of 19 people, most of whom are based in our Johannesburg offices. We also have two bicycle assembly facilities – one in the North West region and another in the Western Cape. Our Real Bicycle Co. bicycle manufacturing facility has recently been established, which will allow us to control our entire bicycle supply chain, as well as enabling Qhubeka to build partnerships with South African companies that align with the Codes of Good Practice.

Thanks to the generosity of our incredible donors we raised R33 947 980
($2 759 415) in 2017. Thank you!

2016 Annual Report

With Help from YOU…Entrepreneurs, families and children are changing their lives with bicycles

Here’s the change you’vehelped us to deliver this fiscal year:

The Impact:

Thank you

During the 2016 financial year, more than 8 500 bicycles were earned through Qhubeka programmes rub by implementation partners like World Visions, loveLife and Wildlands. More than 14 corporates contributed to changing lives with bicycles, with five of them funding atleast a full container of bicycles each, namely, Team Dimension Data, De-loitte, Dimension Data, Volkswagen and MTN foundation. We’ve also had support from City Johannesburg, Western Cape Goverment, the Ministry of Education in Eritrea and United Nation Development Programme, Eritrea, amongst others. In addition, we processed over 5 500 individual donations.

Bottom line: None of this would have been possible without your support!

Source of Funds

  • BicyclesChangeLives Campaign – (48%)
  • Corporate donations – (25%)
  • Bicycles & merchandise sales – (15%)
  • Individual & events – (12%)

What we do

Our bicycles open up the world with wheels by providing greater access to education and economic opportunity. When entrepreneurs, families and children earn a bicycle. their lives change for the better. The changes ripple outward towards those in their community. While we’re able to report outcomes (see reverse), what is more difficult to measure is the value of time saved commuting by bike and the overall benefit to communities of improved mobility.

Source of Funds

  • Beneficiary Programming – (48%)
  • Increase of bicycle inventory – (24%)
  • Cost of employment – (12%)
  • Fundraising costs – (11%)
  • Operating/Logistics costs – (4%)
  • Plant, equipment and cash – (1%)

How we get it done

14 employees coordinate the efforts of fundraising and distributing 10 000 bicycles a year. We operate with a lean budget and a can-do-attitude. Thanks to the generosity of our incredible donors we raised R27 519 268 (roughly $1 965 662 USD), with more individual contribution than ever before. More and more of you are helping us change lives with bicycles! Thank you!