Turning Africa Around One Bike at a Time: ACIRFA in 2007

Author: Shi, Y.
Source: Monterey Institute of International Studies
Year: 2008
Number of pages: 21

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Abstract:

This case tracks the exciting development of Acirfa, a US-based non-profit organization, and its Zambia-based social enterprise, ZamBikes. It tells an inspiring story of phenomenal individual and organizational growth, with the backdrops of a wealthy Southern Californian community, impoverished Zambia and the evolution of its bicycle industry. The case illustrates the challenges the two young social entrepreneurs are faced with, from the conception of an idea while still in college to the delivery of their promises to various stakeholders. It provides a detailed account for the various strategies in dealing with a number of market and non-market issues typical in an underdeveloped country, across commercial, government and non-profit sectors and across two continents. The case provides a complex setting for discussions on alternative development strategies and business models that will not only survive the fledgling social enterprise but also maximize its social impact.



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