Two years on, MakVeto Bikes has exceeded all expectations we had for their ability to create positive change in their community in Northeast Namibia. Last month, they initiated the MakVeto School Financial Assistance Program, supporting twenty-one junior high and high school students to improve graduation outcomes. Rallying around the nascent school program, the entire village Mutjiku decided to convene to figure out how they could help all of the students succeed.
In addition to discussions about education initiatives, the community voiced concern for neighbors suffering from HIV/AIDS who desperately needed transit to medical care. MakVeto once again generously stepped up, donating ten bicycles to patients suffering from HIV/AIDS.
One of the reasons MakVeto Bikes is able to be so generous—donating roughly 5% of their revenue back to their community—is that sales have been brisk. Out of the initial shipment of 427 donation bikes that we sent, there are only 20 bikes left that have yet to be sold. For this reason, Ludwig is very anxious to get their next shipment of bikes from Container #8 and restock the store in a few weeks.
A final note of congratulations: Ludwig has been promoted to manager at MakVeto Bikes, as Erasmus has taken a position with the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism monitoring national parks. Erasmus will continue to be involved with MakVeto, but no longer on a daily basis. We'd like to offer huge congrats to both Erasmus and Ludwig. We're sure they'll keep up the good work in both of their new roles.