The workshop Hub

The concept of the workshop is that it provides a hub, which places the motorcycle at the heart of the community - offering commercial services but also educating passengers and riders in road safety and addressing high crash rates at the grassroots level.

Once Pikilily was established in 2016, our first move was to set up a community motorcycle workshop in Mwanza, Tanzania.  This hub, generously paid for by our friends and supporters across the world who crowdfunded the build, was intended to simply provide a place where maintenance could be carried out to a high standard by our in house mechanics and female apprentices, livelihoods could be earned and also protected, by helping others, in particular bodabodas, to ensure the lifespan of motorcycle and rider alike.

This idea quickly evolved organically into a place where bodabodas and other riders could also seek advice on the value of maintenance and how it should be carried out as well as take training in road safety.  It also became a place where riders sought out quality safety gear, materials and spare parts, both of which were otherwise largely absent in Mwanza.

Our hub also started to extend its reach into other aspects of motorcycling, when we were asked to refurbish a broken down fleet of eRanger motorcycle ambulances for our neighbouring district, evolving into a project where we are also now training five female apprentices how to ride and maintain those machines as dedicated operatives in an area with otherwise no ambulance provision (for more on this story, click here).

From there, we have also begun to fill a popular need for the first dedicated riding school for motorcyclists in Mwanza, providing a place for total beginners, male or female, to evolve into safe and confident riders.

In addition, after proactive requests from the community, we have developed a very popular and pioneering road safety scheme for passengers including women and also schools groups, teaching kids about how to stay safe when riding a motorcycle as a passenger, how to spot a roadworthy bike, why you should wear a helmet and how to speak up if you see something dangerous during your journey. 

On a more nascent level, we are also exploring the possibilities of developing a membership scheme for Mwanza's 5000 self employed bodabodas, providing security, collective bargaining and advocacy for this otherwise precarious group.

Our reach is growing and our impact is strengthening.  But we don't plan to stop here.

We know that the road crash issue is universal across the country, that bodabodas and passengers alike are seeking greater safety and likewise that roughly 400 eRanger motorcycle ambulances, which should be doing such great things for their communities, are largely lying derelict.

And so, our mission is to replicate this hub in every town in Tanzania that seeks it, bringing motorcycles into the heart of the community, empowering people, improving livelihoods and .