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Major changes & events that change the course of BNB.  Ex. New International Partnerships, Youth Program Development, Location Changes.

Bikes Not Bombs chapters spring up around the country to collect used bikes for Nicaragua.  Many of these chapters were started by individuals or groups inspired to act by a slide show and visit from Carl Kurz, who drove across country in an old VW bus to raise aid and awareness about the Nicaraguan revolution and the US-backed contra war against Nicaragua. Eventually coordinating shipments from a variety of locations becomes impractical and BNB establishes formal headquarters in Boston as well as a west coast shipping coordinator.

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BNB ships our 50,000th bike to Ability Bikes in Ghana as part of a shipment of 535 bikes. See the full story and video!

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Carlos, the founder of Bici-Tec, used to be the head technician at Maya Pedal, and when he left, BNB wanted to support him in his new vision of creating a social enterprise. Carlos wanted to develop a school that would teach adults in Guatemala about bike pedaled technology.

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Amuru, Northern Uganda, was in dire need of reconstruction after 20 years of civil war that ended in 2007. BNB became aware of the need for reconstruction through BNB supporters who were volunteering in the region at the time. Amuru was the biggest and the most crowded displacement camp during the war housing about 20,000 people with scarce resources.

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Ability Bikes starts when BNB is contacted by a group of people in Ghana who want to create something with their hands and generate income doing so despite their disabilities. After the original source for funding of the project fell through, the workers at Ability Bikes built everything from scratch on their own, requiring incredible commitment and investment from the workers themselves.

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The Bike Shop completes moving to Bartlett Square in Jamaica Plain and now has a separate location from the Hub, a few blocks away.

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The first shipment of bikes establishes a relationship with Village Bicycle Project in Ghana.

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540 Bikes and Frames are shipped to Maya Pedal, a project in the Chimaltenango region of Guatemala, to be used both as bikes and to make pedal-powered machines like grain grinders, coffee depulpers, electricity generators, cement tile vibrators, and well pumps. These machines ("bici-maquinas") empower rural farmers in villages without electricity.

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Ricardo Navarro, CESTA's founder, was a long-time friend of Carl's from BNB's early days in Nicaragua.

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In March BNB opens the Bicycle Recycling & Youth Training Center.  Just like how BNB was selling bicycles in Nicaragua to provide jobs, BNB wanted to create jobs for youths in Roxbury as well. They needed jobs with dignity and to learn technical skills. The skinnier tired (road style) bicycles were not very useful for Latin America, so this was also a great way to create revenue and employment from the waste stream of donated bikes.

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