In Matt's Words: Our First Sister Shop in Botswana, 2008

Jonmol Bicycle Services in Gaborone, Botswana, was the first Mike's Bikes Sister Shop. A fascinating read for anyone who is interested in what it takes to make something like this happen, here is a day-by-day account written by Mike's Bikes co-owner Matt that describes exactly how a container full of donated bikes becomes a community bike shop in a community where there are no, well, bike shops.

From challenges with simply finding the container, to transporting it to the shop location, to procuring building materials, to being swamped with customers before they were even open, to (yes, in classic Mike's Bikes style) epic hangovers, Ken and Matt's experience helping Bones establish Jonmol Bicycle Services was one of many challenges and many rewards.

Read all about it here.