Visit to the Sister Shop in Shakawe

On our most recent visit to Africa, we made the journey up to Shakawe in the far northwest of Botswana to check in on Trinos.  We met Trinos last year, started chatting with him about bikes, offered to send a few to see if he could move them, and next thing we know, he's calling to order more, and then more, and then still more.  He's the caretaker at the Shakawe house of our buddy Brett, who is probably the biggest supporter of cycling in all of Botswana, and Brett has no problem allowing Trinos to essentially operate a small bike shop out of his garage.  Trinos has run with this opportunity.  The community now recognizes him as "the bike guy", and when he receives new stock, he simply posts up a 8x11 white sheet of paper on the fence saying "bikes available" and the customers start showing up.

Shakawe is another of those places in Africa where there were literally NO bikes just a year ago, and now they're quite common, all thanks to the Sister Shop program and our local star Trinos.

Trinos has even started to help get product up to our Namibia shop, which is about 40 minutes north, just across the border.  Our Botswana partners at Whitetree have regular truck routes up to Shakawe, but they don't cross into Namibia, so Trinos helps complete those deliveries.  It's a beautiful example of independent folks cooperating to contribute to the greater good and help us spread cycling across the region.

A batch of bikes being prepped for delivery up to Trinos.  This picture was taken about a month before our arrival - check out that beautiful old Bridgestone MB-2 - that same bike appears in the pictures of us at Trinos' place.  We didn't even realize until we got home and compared shots.  Also notice all the donation forms from our customers in California - we'll be emailing those folks individually with a link to this post.  Thanks to all our bike donors!!

A batch of bikes being prepped for delivery up to Trinos.  This picture was taken about a month before our arrival - check out that beautiful old Bridgestone MB-2 - that same bike appears in the pictures of us at Trinos' place.  We didn't even realize until we got home and compared shots.  Also notice all the donation forms from our customers in California - we'll be emailing those folks individually with a link to this post.  Thanks to all our bike donors!!

Trinos with Ken, Matt and Paul, and a few of the bikes he has available for sale in Shakawe.  They've made a long long journey from California.

Trinos with Ken, Matt and Paul, and a few of the bikes he has available for sale in Shakawe.  They've made a long long journey from California.