BFI, Bicycles, & Burundi – Oh My!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Today we take you to Burundi, to give you the inside scoop on what bicycling looks like, and what its used for, in the country. And we can almost guarantee you’ll learn something new!

We’d like to introduce you to Canesius, who lives in Bubanza, a province in northwest Burundi. He works Monday – Friday, as many of us here in the US do. Unlike many of us in the US, Canesius wakes up early in the morning and rides his bicycle, sugarcane in tow, 21 miles to try and sell enough sugarcane to support his family and ensure their survival. He travels up and down the mountainous terrains from his home in Bubanza, to Burundi’s capital city, Bujumbura, every work day! After a long day of selling in Bujumbura, he turns around and rides the hilly 21 miles back to Bubanza, bringing home with him the day’s earnings and the hope that he and his family can make it another day.

This is more than a common form of work in Burundi – it is a means of survival.

Canesius


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