Sanctuary Retreats – Bike Shop Programme

Sanctuary Retreats Bike Shop Programme empowers local communities through social and economic mobility. The programme allows health care workers can see more patients, students can make the journey to school, middle- to low-income workers can get to work in an affordable manner and families can carry more goods to and from home.

Our bike shops employ local women, who undergo extensive training to become bike mechanics and operate their own business enterprise. Typically, this type of job would be given to a male. Through this female-driven model, Sanctuary Retreats empowers women to experience a new field of skills, earn their own income, and help break the social construct of gender.

To date 12,834 bikes have been donated by Sanctuary Retreats guests in the US, UK, and Australia, as well as through our bike collection partner, Working Bikes.

The Dipetsana Women’s Bike Shop
Our Botswana bike shop is in Kasane. The Dipetsana Women’s Bike Shop employs five local women. Used bikes were donated and shipped from the United States. The shipping container used to transport the bikes was converted into the bike shop.

This village bike shop and tour enterprise provides women with the opportunity to earn a much-needed income, while also giving their community vital access to transportation. With Sanctuary Retreats support, the bike shop receives restock shipments on a regular basis.

Our guests have the amazing opportunity to visit a community bike shop, close to where they are staying. The chance to meet these remarkable women is a truly inspiring experience.