The Green Wheels is an idea that came to the mind of three curious university friends. The backbone of our initiative is made of human adventure, challenge, trust, thirst to discover the world and help others.
We want to support and promote the use of clean, safe and renewable energies through microfinance in developing countries. Focusing on local areas, we will select them along with microfinance institutions and then cycle from one to another over the course of a 12 month adventure. We believe bicycles represent the greenest way to travel and therefore convey humility values.
People often associate clean and safe energies to unaffordable resources such as costly wind turbines and imposing solar panels. However, poor communities only need small amounts of money to develop facilities in order to provide electricity, water and heating to their families (solar powered water pumps, solar system for heating and lighting…).
We are convinced that small projects can make a big change in a long-term perspective.
Now operating for more than 20 years, microfinance is facing a new challenge that involves sustainable issues. In encouraging economic development, microfinance has often led to a deterioration of the environment. In addition, nowadays, 2 billion people do not have access to modern energetic services. That is why we want to integrate an environmental dimension into microfinance.
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