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’It always seems impossible until it’s done.’ – Nelson Mandela

Jambo rafiki! Habari gani?
A hungarian bicycle designer’s african mission

I am Zoltán Papp, the project promoter of Cargobike for Africa project. My aim is to spread cargobikes especially created for African circumstances in as many countries as possible. With my help, local professionals will be able to produce these bikes by themselves because the construction makes it easy to reproduce it with primitive technologies and short training programs fostered by me. Because of this, it doesn’t only help the users but it also supports the small entrepreneurs. All in all, it would help local people make their living at their hometowns.

Let’s start at the beginning!
From my childhood I love tinkering and in the meantime I took an engineering degree and I acquired a lot of experience too. SInce then I like to make my ideas come true by my hands. As a teenager I have already made bicycle trailers and right now I design my own cargobikes and unique vehicles within the framework of my own business.

Moreover, I love Africa from long time ago – I spent my childhood reading Tarzan books, Joy Adamson’s African themed books, hunting stories and travel books. Nowadays I continuously train myself on the fields of culture and economy regarding Africa. 

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The basic idea

In 2015 I started to work for a German foundation in order to create cargobikes with which we could ease the daily water and goods transportation for poor people. It was also a priority to be easily reproduced locally.
The German partner after a while left the project then I assumed the direction of affairs because this is a combination of my favourite areas of interest. 

My trip to Tanzania reinforced my belief that I have something to do in Africa and with my project I will be able to help those people living there. 

During the last years I made several concepts and prototypes in order to make the cargobike stand the proof of necessary technical requirements.
  • simple construction (less moving parts)
  • cheap production locally (ideally reconstruction of a traditional bike)
  • modular structure
  • can transport 6×25 liter watercanister or ~150 kg weight
  • load sharing on the third wheel
  • good on uneven road too (no bike trailer)
  • have got to push/pull loaded easily uphill
  • safe to push/pull downhill
The developing phase has ended in 2017 so actually I work in the introduction of it. For next step several pilot projects are carried out. With local entrepreneurs we create and test cargobikes under usage. Its first step was in Tanzania from 2 to 19 February 2019. We built prototype with the support of Fundation for Africa and his local partner Green Eden Children's Organisation in Namanga, and then I met nonprofit organizations in Arusha and Dar es Salaam.
Thanks to the test I am able to answer some open questions and I am able to specify the future plans. The final aim is to make available the production and professional training in an organized frame and to help the distribution of cargobikes all over Africa where these bikes would make people’s life easier.
The goal of my next trip to the end of 2019 is to build a workshop and test the production for a month with local partners.
I hope that the uniqueness and the creativity of my idea reached your heart and I hope that you would also like a hungarian constructor to leave a footprint in Africa. With your support – that can be your like or share – I could reach my goals. I finance the project from my own budget. Because of that I really need your help and I hope there are people who believe in my project and can support me. Using all my skills and ambitions I will be out for multiplying your financial help.
If you would like to help, please send money to my bank account: 
OTP Bank 11773377-21638260, Papp Zoltán
There is an opportunity for tax-free firm support. My support partner, the Foundation For Africa can display certification on payment. For more information -->

Thank your very much!

Papp Zoltán

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Personal remark
I see the Cargobike for Africa project as my main task for my life so that I am very determined in carrying it out.
THIS IS MY WAY.
This recognition and feeling inspired my video about Tanzania. You can watch the video if you click on the photo. 

CONTACT FORM

Feel free to ask me questions, tell your ideas or critiques. Thank you for sparing the time and for reading my web page. 

Address

Hungary
H-9228 Halászi
Petőfi S. u. 69.

Contacts

Email: mafundi@40tour.hu
Phone: +36 30/418 7451